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Angels Interested In California Native C.J. Wilson

Essentially regarded as the top pitcher on the free agent market this winter, it should come as no surprise that C.J. Wilson is drawing interest from a plethora of teams, with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman already expressing interest. You can add another team to that list now, as Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto told ESPN's Jim Bowden that they have interest in signing the free agent lefty.

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As the top pitcher on the market, Wilson is certainly going to require a hefty financial commitment. A few weeks ago, Adam Morris posted a recap of Los Angeles' 2012 payroll obligations, which shows that Anaheim, barring unforeseen trades, isn't going to have much money to be major players in the free agent market this winter. 

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Still, Wilson to the Angels wouldn't be terribly shocking if it does somehow come to fruition. Wilson would join a staff that already boasts Dan Haren, Jered Weaver and Ervin Santana, which would give Los Angeles one of the best rotations in the entire American League. 

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Given the Angels' financial situation for next year, I do doubt that they will wind up being serious suitors for Wilson. And even if they are, Rangers fans shouldn't fret it much, either. Sure, it would suck to see Wilson pitch for the Angels, but if they choose to further handicap themselves financially, then so be it. 

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