Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Yankees should not pursue CJ Wilson

Many things went wrong for the Texas Rangers in the World Series, but CJ Wilson may have had the worst postseason of all the Rangers. He may have pitched himself out of a big contract.
Wilson is on the list of free-agent pitchers that the New York Yankees were expected to pursue and the Yankees’ mere interest would have driven his price tag way up. But if the Yankees watched the World Series at all, they could not have liked what they saw from Wilson, the Rangers’ supposed ace. He did not pitch well at any juncture, especially when his team needed him to stop the bleeding in Game 7.

Wilson’s numbers this postseason: 5.79 ERA, 18 earned runs and 29 hits in 28 innings, with no wins and three losses. Does that sound like a guy you want to give a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to, especially when you still have to pay AJ Burnett more than $15 million for each of the next two years?

The Yankees do not need another pitcher who is going to demand big money and turn into a mediocre pitcher in the playoffs. They need a solid #2 guy to step into the void after CC Sabathia and Wilson showed nothing that would lead you to believe that he is that guy.

Thanks to CJ Wilson via Wikipedia for the photo.

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