C.J. Wilson would be a welcome signing for Anaheim Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
The Angels are looking to build a deeper rotation, and Wilson is a primary target to join Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana and Dan Haren in the rotation.
“You need five guys to go out there in the season and give you a chance to win,” Scioscia said. “Right now, we might have an incredible playoff rotation. But we need a full rotation to give you that opportunity to get to the playoffs. You’ll see us move towards that direction whether it’s C.J. Wilson or whether it’s some other things.”
Wilson, who is from Southern California, met with the Angels earlier this offseason. Anaheim is one of five teams still in the mix to sign Wilson.
Asked if he’d rather sign a powerful bat or a pitcher such as Wilson this winter, Scioscia said: “We need to get stronger pitching.”
Scioscia didn’t seem too concerned with the length of contract Wilson might demand, pointing to the ability of left-handers to extend their careers as relievers when velocity decreases in their mid-to-late 30s.
“Looking at C.J. Wilson from a scouting standpoint, his stuff is good,” Scioscia said. “Where it’s going to be in three or four years? I don’t know. … What he’s looking for and what the team is comfortable in giving, that’s what we’ll find out.”
-- Drew Davison