C.J. Wilson: “If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin”

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Albert Pujols reportedly turned down $275 million from the Marlins to take $254 million from the Angels and it turns out C.J. Wilson also opted against going to Miami for the most possible money.

Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the left-hander “easily” could have topped $100 million because the Marlins “would not let it go.”

Instead he inked a five-year, $77.5 million deal with the Angels, saying: “If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin.”

(It’s the Miami Marlins now, C.J., but whatever.)

Miami refusing to grant no-trade clauses to any player reportedly also played a factor in the Pujols discussions and may have been an issue for Wilson as well, but whatever the case squeezing the most possible money out of free agency apparently didn’t determine either player’s new home.

Pirates suspend Keone Kela two games for contract violation

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On Monday, the Pirates announced the club suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified contract violation. Kela will begin serving the suspension tonight.

Kela, 26, went on the injured list in early May with a right shoulder injury. He was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis for the last week and a half. Prior to the injury, Kela posted a 4.63 ERA with an 11/4 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

After sitting out Monday and Tuesday, Kela can rejoin the Pirates on Wednesday in the middle of their four-game home series against the Cardinals.