ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Starting pitcher C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers pitches in Game One of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The C.J. Wilson sweepstakes continues today as the free-agent lefty is meeting with the new-look, new-name Miami Marlins about the possibility of signing as the Marlins look to make some big splashes as they open their new state-of-the-art stadium.
Wilson met with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last week, as the Rangers division rival is showing interest in Wilson despite their bigger need for some big bats.
With Ozzie Guillen taking over the Marlins managerial job, the new branding movement going on there and the Marlins' attempt to make some noise in the free agent market, Miami is perhaps a more desirable location for free agents than many might think.
Wilson went from the bullpen to the starting rotation prior to the 2010 season and proceeded to pick up 15 wins with a 3.35 ERA and was the Texas Rangers' best pitcher over the course of the season, including Cliff Lee.
In 2011, Wilson picked up 16 wins and had the best ERA of a Rangers starter since 1991 (Nolan Ryan) with a 2.94 ERA, and he's now arguably the biggest fish out there on the free agent market when it comes to starting pitching.
Of course, Wilson tanked in the postseason picking up just one postseason win in the past two years (his first-ever postseason start against Tampa Bay in the 2010 ALDS).
Chances are, Wilson won't be back in Arlington as the Rangers offered him arbitration as a formality, which he will surely decline. If he does, the Rangers will receive two draft picks from the team that signs him.