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.
Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.
Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.
Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.