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Former Rangers ace C.J. Wilson talks about his move to the Los Angeles Angels. More at MLB.com and TexasRangers.com

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The Los Angeles Angels have had quite a day.

The halos first signed Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year deal worth an estimated $250 million (and we all know how well those work out, don't we?) and capped that off by luring Rangers LHP C.J. Wilson, 31, back to southern California, according to multiple media reports.

Initial reports say the Angels offered Wilson a 5-year deal worth between $77.5 million.  When completed, the move will put Wilson into a rotation with Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.

Wilson, who went 16-7 with 2.94 ERA in 2011, has been a hot topic of conversation in the off-season, being one of the best-free agent pitchers on the market. 

Throughout the 2011 season, it was widely discussed that Wilson was gunning for at least a 5-year deal worth $100 million. Going winless in the postseason and coming up short for the Rangers diminished his overall value, at least maybe for Texas whose best offer was a reported 4-year deal worth $60 million.

While Rangers general manager Jon Daniels had hoped the club's ace would stay in Texas, he also said he was a realist and had taken steps to prepare for Wilson's departure -- such as moving Neftali Feliz out of the bullpen.

With Wilson gone, the Rangers starting rotation looks something like this:

Colby Lewis
Derek Holland
Matt Harrison
Alexi Ogando
Neftali Feliz

The moves by the Angels might not make them the favorite in the AL West, but it does make winning a third-straight AL West Championship harder for the Texas Rangers.

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