The Texas Rangers protected themselves Wednesday by offering free-agent pitcher C.J. Wilson salary arbitration, which ensures that the club will receive two additional 2012 draft picks as compensation in case the left-handed starter signs with another club.
The team had until 11 p.m. Central time to offer arbitration and be eligible for compensation. Wilson, a Type-A free agent -- meaning he would provide the club with two draft picks in the coming draft if he declines the offer -- has until 11 p.m. CT on Dec. 7 to accept or decline.
He is expected to decline because he will reap a superior deal on the open market.
Under the recently agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement, the Rangers did not have to offer arbitration to left-handed reliever Darren Oliver, a Type-A free agent who can be treated as a Type-B player. Under the new CBA rules, if Oliver should sign with another team, the Rangers will automatically receive one draft pick in compensation.
Texas also did not offer salary arbitration to four other free agents where no compensation applies: LHP Michael Gonzalez, RHP Brandon Webb, catcher Matt Treanor, and outfielder Endy Chavez. Treanor has signed a 2012 contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jeff Caplan covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.