Now that CC Sabathia is off the free-agent market after signing his extension with the New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers' C.J. Wilson has become the most sought-after pitcher available on the market.
Despite Wilson's struggles during the playoffs, the former middle reliever has posted back-to-back excellent seasons for the Texas Rangers. And, in terms of production as a starter, Wilson has excelled in that role.
He's been successful in a hitter's park—Rangers Ballpark in Arlington—and he's done so during sweltering summer weather, where 100 degrees is often considered a cold front.
Always a polarizing figure to Texas Rangers' fans, Wilson has stated publicly he wishes to stay in Texas. And why wouldn't he? The Rangers are now two-time defending American League Champions, despite his postseason struggles.
In my opinion, Wilson will seek more money than the Rangers are willing to shed for his services. This will please many Rangers fans, but the fact remains that if Wilson walks, the Rangers might not make the postseason for a third consecutive year if they can't replace the 16 wins he contributed in 2011.
Here's a look at five teams that will be in the market for Wilson's services for the 2012 season and beyond.