Angels line up C.J. Wilson to start Game 2 of ALDS

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Having already juggled their rotation to get Jered Weaver ready to start Game 1 of the ALDS the Angels have now shifted things again so that C.J. Wilson will be in line to start Game 2.

That’s not a surprise, as the Angels’ other healthy rotation options are pretty lacking, but Wilson has been a mess for much of the season on the way to posting a 4.61 ERA compared to a 3.37 ERA in his first four years as a starter.

He threw seven shutout, one-hit innings against the Mariners on September 17, but then followed that up by failing to make it out of the first inning Monday against the A’s. Overall in his last 15 starts Wilson has a 6.43 ERA.

They have the best record in baseball at 98-61, but the Angels’ rotation is definitely a question mark heading into the playoffs.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.