Market could favor Halos in chase for Wilson

Market could favor Halos in chase for Wilson

Market could favor Halos in chase for Wilson
DALLAS -- It seems like it could be a two-team showdown for the rights to ace left-hander C.J. Wilson.

The Angels in one corner, the Marlins in the other.

Jon Daniels, general manager for Wilson's former team, the Rangers, told reporters on Wednesday that the club has prepared itself for the possibility that Wilson will sign elsewhere.

"Until C.J. makes a decision, we can't rule anything out, but we understand that's a realistic possibility," Daniels said. "We haven't received a phone call, but we are prepared for that."

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The market seems to have opened up for the Angels to land Wilson, a Newport Beach, Calif., native. Not only do the Rangers lack confidence in the sweepstakes, but the Marlins had previously signed Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million contract.

But the most active team of the Winter Meetings may not be done.

The Marlins are still going after Wilson, with reports saying they've offered the southpaw a six-year contract, something the Angels may be hesitant to tender.

Also on Wednesday, Aramis Ramirez's agent, Paul Kinzer, said the Angels and Brewers met with his client at the end of the season and are finalists to land the free-agent third baseman -- along with another unidentified team.

But Ramirez may only be a fallback option if Wilson cannot be attained by the Halos.

Stopped in the lobby at the Hilton Anatole on Wednesday afternoon, though, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto wouldn't comment on Wilson, saying only that he continued working on trying to add a reliever.

That echoed what Dipoto said earlier in the day.

"I can't say that we're certain we're creeping up on anything," he said while meeting with reporters. "We've certainly continued to make progress on the things that we're pursuing. If anything, I feel like we're getting closer to solving some of our desire to get deeper in the bullpen. If I had a sense as to what might happen quickly, that may be the thing. But no certainty."

Late Tuesday night, the Angels were deemed to be the third team -- along with the Marlins and Cardinals -- in the hunt for Albert Pujols. For his part, Dipoto didn't categorically deny the Angels' interest in Pujols, but did restate: "That's not where our focus has been."

Pujols' most likely destination now seems to be back in St. Louis.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his columns and his blog, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.