Here are the specifics of C.J. Wilson’s five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels:
Signing bonus: $2.5 million
2012: $10 million
2013: $11 million
2014: $16 million
2015: $18 million
2016: $20 million
That’s pretty heavily backloaded, although certainly not as much as, say, Jose Reyes’ deal with the Marlins.
Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register points out that during the final three seasons of Wilson’s contract he’ll be earning the exact same salaries ($16 million, $18 million, $20 million) as Jered Weaver. Wilson’s overall contract is worth $7.5 million less than Weaver’s five-year, $85 million deal.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Marlins, Mets, and Yankees have had discussions about a three-team trade in which Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto would go to the Mets. It’s not known which other players were discussed in the deal, but Rosenthal notes that the Mets wouldn’t be willing to part with Noah Syndergaard if they are only getting Realmuto in return.
Realmuto, 27, was the best offensive catcher in baseball in 2018, batting .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 531 plate appearances. He has two more years of team control remaining until he becomes eligible for free agency, adding to his value.
The Mets’ catching corps currently includes Kevin Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud, so Realmuto would be a significant upgrade. Such a trade would be the club’s second big splash of the offseason as the Mets finalized a trade to acquire second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from the Mariners earlier this month.
Interestingly, the Mets and Yankees haven’t made a deal involving major league players since December 2004, when the two sides swapped pitchers Mike Stanton and Félix Heredia, Rosenthal points out.