C.J. Wilson looks like the best free agent starting pitcher on the market, and he's looking to sign a contract that rewards him as such. The numbers that have been thrown around are six years and $100 million, and while it's never been a guarantee that Wilson would get either, those seemed like the desires.
Now, according to Jeff Wilson, it seems one of those desires has been met.
The Rangers are one of five teams in the hunt for free-agent left-hander C.J. Wilson, but they might have to offer six years to snag him.
A major-league source said that one of the other four suitors has made an offer of six years.
The identity of the aggressive suitor is unknown. The dollar figure attached to that six-year offer is unknown. Whether it's six years guaranteed or five and an option is unknown. But this is still something. It's an indication that Wilson could very well end up getting what he wants, and perhaps even then some.
The popular alternative to Wilson right now is free agent lefty Mark Buehrle. Buehrle's going after a shorter contract and less money. But Buehrle can sign with only one team, so it appears pretty likely that Wilson's wishes will be met in the end.