Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/8/11

The Los Angeles Angels continued their spending spree on Thursday by signing lefthander C.J. Wilson to a five-year, $77.5 million contract.

Shortly after inking three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $250 million deal, the Angels also locked up what many consider the top available pitcher in free agency.

In his second full season as a starter, Wilson posted a 16-7 mark with a 2.94 ERA to help the division-rival Texas Rangers reach the American League Championship Series for the second consecutive year.

A career reliever until he was converted to a starter for the 2010 season, Wilson had gone 31-15 the past two seasons.

The 31-year-old Wilson joins a talented rotation with Jered Weaver (18-8, 2.41 ERA) and Dan Haren (16-10, 3.17 ERA).

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