MLB Free Agency: Why CJ Wilson Is Not Right for New York Yankees
The most in-demand lefty on the market is being sought after by Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. Although the soon to be 31-year-old pitcher was the talk of the town all season, moving him from Arlington to the Bronx is not the best idea for the Yankees.
The Yankees public attraction to Wilson is only upping the already high costs for a pitcher that has even higher risk.
He's can pitch Phenomenally in the regular season, but postseason pressure is his Achilles heel.
With the numbers he was posting in October, the Yankees should be more alarmed and less eager.
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It's been harped on since the Rangers World Series loss two weeks ago. Wilson's postseason numbers are dismal. Going 0-3, with 5.79 ERA after posting a 2.94 ERA with a 16-7 regular season record is not something the Yankees need.
His regular season numbers are also due in part to a super infield defense in the rangers. One that is much stronger than the aging Yankees defense.
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The Yankees hunt for C.J. Wilson means his price is skyrocketing. They shouldn't be doling out a multi-million contract to a pitcher who cannot guarantee postseason performances that will lead to any success for the Yankees.
He could perform well in the regular season, setting up the Yankees for the playoffs. But that money all burns when he chokes come October.
Wilson made $7 million this year and will likely command more than twice that amount in the next five to six seasons. There is even estimations that he is looking for a five-year, $82.5 million deal.
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While Wilson may have had superpowers in the regular season, the postseason proved that this AL All-Star's kryptonite is pressure. If that's the case, the Bronx might not be his place.
In a city that thrives off its pinstripes, Yankees fans can't handle a choke. With a team that routinely does well, new yorkers expect the best from their team from the summer to the end of October. The New York pressure will be thicker than the Texas heat.
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That means, one out of every four starts he has gotten for the Rangers has been against the worst two offenses in the AL. When he'll be facing opponents with better offenses more frequently, he might not be the stud the Rangers have shown him to be.