ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Pitcher C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers pitches while taking on the Tampa Bay Rays during Game One of the American League Division Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 30, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Different reports say different things, but one thing is for certain, the New York Yankees have declined to meet with C.J. Wilson and his agent.
There were reports Wilson had "one more scheduled visit" this week with an undisclosed team, but now we know it's not the Bronx Bombers.
Part of me understands the Yankees stance on this. They, like most good teams, don't want to give Wilson a nine-figure contract. He's just not worthy of that at this point in his career.
But, the manner in which the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman have gone about things is the reason people hate the Yankees.
The front office publicly said that they don't view Wilson as any more than a No. 3 starter, which would be fine if you were the Philadelphia Phillies or maybe even Los Angeles Angels. But the Yankees starting rotation was nothing to be too proud of last season after CC Sabathia.
Wilson went 16-7 and had a 2.94 ERA, pitching in one of the bigger launching pads in baseball, though Yankee Stadium is a complete joke and more of a hitters dream than Arlington. Either way, a 2.94 ERA in the American League is damn impressive, not to mention he comfortably played the role of the team's ace — until the postseason.
Is WIlson better than Sabathia? Nope. Is Wilson deserving of a $100 million contract? Probably not, and the Rangers don't think so either. But to totally dismiss Wilson and claim he couldn't even be the Yankees' No. 2 starter is just a little ridiculous.