Angels Wine & Dine CJ Wilson
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have stepped up their pursuit in free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson. A couple members of the organization will be having dinner with their former foe tonight.
The Angels’ pursuit of free-agent pitcher C.J. Wilson will continue Monday night when Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto have dinner with the veteran left-hander in Los Angeles. The meeting was confirmed by a source familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it because of the sensitive nature of talks. (Los Angeles Times)
No word on if owner Arte Moreno will join the dinner but it’s no big deal if he does. Owner and player already have a relationship after the latest CBA negotiations. Moreno has also already had dinner with Wilson’s agent Bob Garber that lasted three hours last week. So the seeds are planted but its now time for the manager and player to see if they can co-exist.
Once these intimate dinners like this start to occur you know the contract offers are going to follow. Even if Wilson wants to be an Angel I wouldn’t expect a decision anytime soon as he’s still scheduled to meet with East Coast teams after the Thanksgiving holiday.
If Los Angeles can pull this off it would be a major coup and could catapult them back to the top of the American League West. If not well they’ll still be aggressive as they know pitching is what they need to get back on top.