Marlins “rolled out the red carpet” for C.J. Wilson in Miami

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C.J. Wilson was in Miami yesterday to meet with the Marlins and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has some of the details of their courtship.

There was a personal tour of the new ballpark from owner Jeffrey Loria and lunch at Joe’s Stone Crab, with agent Bob Garber saying afterward that the Marlins “rolled out the red carpet” for Wilson and “they seem to have a plan and made it very clear they’d like C.J. to be a part of it.”

Garber declined to say whether an actual offer had been made, but indicated that Wilson could be ready to make a decision on his long-term home next week during the winter meetings.

And of course, he added in this very agent-like quote: “I think he really impressed everybody today with his charisma. I think he’d be a great fit in South Florida.”

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.