The Los Angeles Angels are looking to improve their starting rotation, and they have told other teams that starting pitcher C.J. Wilson is on the block and is available in trade discussions according to a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
If the Angels are able to move Wilson, then that would help cut payroll, and it would free up a rotation spot. Wilson had his worst year since 2008 last season. He posted a 4.51 ERA in 31 starts over 175 2/3 innings pitched.
Wilson signed a five-year deal with Anaheim during the 2011 Winter Meetings. In his first two seasons he did great posting ERA’s under four in 2012 and 2013, but his value is lower then it ever has been, and he is owed $38 million over the next two seasons.
The veteran left-hander can block trades to eight undisclosed teams. At this point. I don’t see a team taking on Wilson unless there desperate for starting pitching, and the Angels are willing to pay the majority of his contract. Ultimately, I think they will wait until they can get more value back.
The Angels willingness to make him available suggests they might be in the market for a top starter like Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, or James Shields.