ARLINGTON, Texas -- General manager Jon Daniels talked about a gaggle of items at his pre-Winter Meeting chat at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Thursday. That included all of the candidates for the starting rotation. There are a bunch (Daniels listed 11 guys).
One of those right now: C.J. Wilson. Obviously, that could change should the club not find suitable late-inning help in the bullpen. Wilson has great stuff and the club wants that late in games if they can't bolster the back end of the pen.
But I do think Wilson deserves a shot and I'm glad he's getting it. He has the ability to change speeds and keep hitters off-balance. And I thought he matured on the mound last year, working on when to use his off-speed stuff and going at hitters. He cut down on his walks -- 32 in 73 2/3 innings -- and though he made things interesting at times when he got to the mound, overall he was very reliable.
How will Wilson's stuff work the second and third time around? That's the big question. Opponents did bat .325 against him, so he put men on base. Still, I think Wilson can do it and if he can, that's another lefty in the rotation.
What do you think?