'Tis the season! No, not talking about Christmas, Hanukkah or any other holiday.
These gifts come with a much heftier price tag. Millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars, will be spent by each team in hopes of one glorious prize: A world championship.
This is my favorite time of the year. So much gossip, so many emotions running through a true fan through the winter, so many "what if's."
Who will sign first to start the market, Pujols or Fielder? Which free-agent pitcher will sign with what team? What else could possibly happen in the meltdown of a franchise that is the Boston Red Sox?
So many questions that need answering! I feel like a high school girl waiting for prince charming to ask her to prom.
With the winter meetings beginning soon in Dallas, it's starting to heat up, and one question on the minds of Texas Rangers fans is this: Where will the winds take CJ Wilson?
It's intriguing. You have both parties saying that they want each other back in their lives. Both Jon Daniels and Wilson have said that they want the marriage between the two to continue. However, and it's so obvious to most fans, everyone knows it is extremely unlikely going to happen. I will be liberal and say the chances are roughly five percent of CJ Wilson coming back to Arlington.
Wilson obviously isn't one that can handle pressure and big-game situations, hence his track record in the playoffs. Given this information, I don't see him going to Boston, New York or Philadelphia, even if his short-term mentor Cliff Lee is there.
Who will CJ Wilson sign with?
He has mentioned that he "loves to hit," so could Miami be a suitor for his services? It's a possibility, but I don't see this happening either. Miami is making some wicked waves in the rumors world, but they can't possibly be serious about everyone they've invited to tour the new stadium. (By the way, have you seen their new home-run celebration? Click this for a quick laugh.)
I just can't take Miami seriously when they report they have offered Pujols, Mark Beurhle and Jose Reyes all contracts, yet they've also said they can't afford to sign all three. That right now is a joke of a franchise being run on money they don't have, but I digress.
Could the Cubs be a potential winner in this market for CJ Wilson? They have the money, they have the will to rebuild and become champions, but are they serious?
Theo Epstein is a product of the "Moneyball Era" as I have learned after watching the new Brad Pitt movie, so this leads me to conclude that Epstein won't overpay for talent that isn't spectacular, and as fellow writer Timothy Howell has stated in his last articles, Wilson is no "true" ace.
So where does this take us? Right back home.
I predict Wilson signs with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or whatever their name is these days. He is from Newport Beach, a classy city on the coast just 15 minutes from the stadium. It's a beautiful location, it fits his Taoist lifestyle and, just like his mentor Lee, he would be going to a franchise that has a great outlook and he would be apart of a "super rotation" that would include Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and Jerome Williams. Not quite as good as Philly, but still very respectable.
This is our rival. This is the biggest competitor that we have to beat every year. It's developed into that ever since Scott Feldman drilled Adam Kennedy and started that bench-clearing brawl in (I think) 2006. It would feel like Johnny Damon going to the Yankees after winning with the Red Sox.
So I will leave you with this, Rangers fans: If this were to happen, how would you feel if he up and left after not performing at all in the playoffs and lead the pitching staff to back-to-back losses in the World Series?
I would feel like I was stabbed in the back, or better yet, drilled in the ribs.