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Winter Meetings Rumors: Angels 'Closing In' On C.J. Wilson

A day after being labeled -- and eliminated -- as a suitor for Albert Pujols, the Los Angeles Angels are closing in signing C.J. Wilson, who is the top starting pitcher available on the free agent market. According to Aiden Gonzalez, the Angels are "ramping up" their efforts to sign Wilson, hoping to have a deal done today. 

Wilson's agent apparently met with the Rangers last night, and said that the meeting was "great" and that he was "pleasantly surprised." It's not a surprise that the Angels, who have been courting Wilson for some time, would step up their efforts on the heels of Wilson's "great" meeting with Rangers officials. 

Wilson is believed to be seeking at least a five or six year deal. He has drawn interest from other teams as well, notably the Nationals and Marlins. It appears unlikely that the Rangers will offer six years to Wilson, so he could very well be on his way out of Arlington in the coming days, if not hours. 

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