LA Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is still on the payroll, however, did not take the mound once this past season. The starting southpaw was paid $20 million this year while riding the bench.
The LA Angels have a ton of questions for next season. One question going into next season is, will C.J. Wilson be worth keeping around now that his contract will be up? Wilson rode the bench all this season because of shoulder discomfort and even went through the rehab process all over again.
In May, Wilson started a rehab process pitching down at Single-A Inland Empire. Although, his shoulder didn’t improve and he continued to remain in pain. As a result, he went in for rotator cuff surgery in July which ended his season abruptly.
Many are considering his rotator cuff surgery the end of the line for Wilson’s career. However, with the limited amount of free agent pitchers available out there, it’s possible that Wilson will be somewhere if the Angels decide to release him.
Resigning Wilson will be a risky gamble if the Angels come down to that decision. With enough payroll still invested in Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, it sounds like Wilson being gone will be beneficial for the ball club.
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Throughout the season, Wilson has posted on his Twitter account commenting on his rehab process. It’s probably a good idea to think he’s still dedicated to playing baseball.
At this point, it is unclear if he’ll play for the Angels or somewhere else next season. Rest assured he’ll work hard to be back on the mound.
During his last season with the Angels, Wilson put up a 3.89 ERA with a 1.242 WHIP and 110 strikeouts. However, it may be a difficult process to make it back up in the big leagues since Wilson hasn’t pitched since July of the 2015 season.
Will Wilson be an LA Angel next season? Honestly, the most likely answer would be no, most consider Wilson dead weight. Wilson may have had a good run in Anaheim, but all runs must come to an end.