When seeing that the Angels are highly pursuing C.J. Wilson I thought, Hooray! But closely analyzing it, it is a poor deal for many reasons. C.J. Wilson probably will not sign for anything less than a 16M per year contract. Yes the Angels need a strong lefty but it is not worth it. We have roughly 20M to work with and we are using 3/4 of it on a person who will influence 1 out of every 5 games.
The Angels need some bullpen help for Scott Downs and Jordan Walden and Takahashi isn't gonna cut it. With the Wilson deal we could only sign Jon Rauch and possibly Mike Gonzalez leaving all other options left to trading. If it comes down to this have Garret Richards and Jerome Williams fight for the 5 spot come spring training and focus on either developing or trading Chatwood.
Potential Tyler Chatwood deals would be for that power third basemen in the last year of contracts. Possibly Youk or David Wright. A Chatwood and Taylor Lindsey deal for Wright could spark interest and happen.
These series of deals answer some but not all needs the Angels want to focus on and C.J. Wilson is the key to all of it. Now if the Angels didn't sign Wilson we could be creative. First sign Paul Maholm to a 3/17M contract. A sleeper that is a solid lefty that has a good ground ball rate and not many walks. Sign Ryan Doumit to a 2/9M contract. He hits .333 with runners in scoring position and has good situational pop. Bring Heath Bell in for a 2/12M contract. The Angels need some good junkball throwers to complement J Wald. Still sign Mike Gonzalez. He throws hard and is very good at stranding runners and getting key strikeouts. Finally signing Josh Willingham to a 4/25M contract that is a little backloaded. He is an amazing situational hitter, plays small ball and played shortstop and third base in college. He was drafted as one and has played third before. This leaves our team polished and ready to take on the Rangers.
Making the C.J. Wilson deal would be a small mistake this offseason and this team can become a lot better by not signing him and doing these things.