C.J. Wilson agreed to a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, a major-league source told FOXSports.com, joining the organization on the same morning the Albert Pujols signing rocked baseball.
Wilson turned down a six-year contract - worth more money - from the Miami Marlins to pitch in his native Orange County, Calif.
The free-agent left-hander arrived at the winter meetings Wednesday for in-person meetings with Angels and Marlins officials. The Rangers - the only professional organization Wilson had known - were not a factor in the final bidding, as they declined to match the Angels' five-year offer.
The Pujols and Wilson signings could swing the American League West back into the Angels' favor, after the Rangers won consecutive division (and league) titles.
"Winning the AL West just got a lot harder," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "The (Angels') starting pitching has been excellent, and their offense maybe was a little...