While most of the world was sleeping, the agent for C.J. Wilson was meeting with teams, though not the Rangers. That, apparently, will happen today. But according to reports shortly after midnight, Bob Garber met with the Angels, who were quickly identified as the front-runners to land Wilson.
That comes despite Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto telling reporters that signing Wilson for Jered Weaver money (five years, $85 million) could make things a little uncomfortable with the Anaheim staff ace. If a sixth year is required to sign Wilson, the Angels could be out. A source suggested that the worst-case scenario for the Rangers is for Wilson to land with Anaheim.
Then, there's Miami, which suddenly has no shortage of money as they gamble that a new ballpark will generate enough revenue to offset a rapidly growing payroll. Jose Reyes and Heath Bell have signed, and the Marlins remain in the mix for Albert Pujols. They also have interest in Wilson, who left a favorable impression on owner Jeffrey Loria.
A source told the Star-Telegram on Monday that one club had made a six-year offer for Wilson. Two reports later surfaced that Washington had made the long offer, but Nationals sources told their beat writers that no such offer has been made.
The Cubs and Red Sox also have interest in Wilson, who hopes to sign this week but isn't tied to a timeline. At this point, it looks like it will take longer than the remaining two full days of winter meetings to get his options sorted out.
In other Rangers news:
The Rangers and A's have met to discuss a trade for Andrew Bailey, but Oakland's asking price for the closer is too rich for the Rangers. The names Oakland has thrown out? Martin Perez, Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt. Yikes. Oakland, though, could lose all three of its outfielders from 2011, so (pure speculation coming) maybe David Murphy or Julio Borbon could be put in a package.
Nolan Ryan will make his 2011 winter meetings debut at 10:30 a.m. to announce the Rangers' exhibition game April 3 with the Mexico City Red Devils, a Triple A team. Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington will also be in attendance, and all three are likely to be swarmed by reporters.
-- Jeff Wilson