Michael Young’s trade request and Josh Hamilton’s contract extension have dominated recent off-the-field headlines involving the Texas Rangers.
But the front office hasn’t forgotten another important item of business: C.J. Wilson’s future with the team.
Wilson, 30, is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. But Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told FOXSports.com on Friday that he expects to discuss the possibility of a contract extension with Wilson’s agent over the next several weeks.
Wilson could be the Rangers’ Opening Day starter this year, after going 15-8 with a 3.35 ERA in 204 innings last season. He followed that with an impressive postseason during which he went 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA in four starts. Wilson will earn a base salary of $7 million this year.
Daniels said the team has already held internal discussions about the possibility of extending Wilson and other “core players.” While Daniels declined to name who those players might be, shortstop Elvis Andrus and hard-throwing righty Neftali Feliz have roughly the same amount of experience that second baseman Ian Kinsler did before signing his long-term deal with the Rangers.
— Jon Paul Morosi