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Rangers Will Offer C.J. Wilson Arbitration

The Rangers will offer C.J. Wilson salary arbitration, which will allow Texas to receive draft pick compensation if Wilson signs elsewhere.

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In the not-surprising news department, the Texas Rangers have announced tha they will offer free agent starting pitcher  C.J. Wilson arbitration. This has been expected all along, as offering Wilson arbitration is the only way that the Rangers will receive draft pick compensation should Wilson sign elsewhere.

Wilson, of course, will certainly reject arbitration. He's said to be seeking a six year, 120 million dollar deal. Wilson recently met with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto. The Angels have not been shy in their interest of Wilson, which is somewhat surprising given that the Angels owner Arte Moreno expects his club's payroll to be between $130-140 million.

Wilson will apparently be headed to Miami after Thanksgiving to meet with Marlins officials. The Marlins have been aggressive this offseason, offering contracts to Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes

By signing Joe Nathan, which allowed the Rangers to move Neftali Feliz to the rotation, it appears that the Rangers are bracing for Wilson to sign elsewhere.

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