CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman is hearing from rival MLB general managers that the Angels are making left-handed starter C.J. Wilson available for a trade ahead of this week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego.
The feeling is that the Halos are setting themselves up for a run at a top free agent pitcher like Max Scherzer or James Shields, and moving Wilson would free up both a rotation spot and some payroll space.
Anaheim are probably going to have to eat some cash to find a taker for the 34-year-old southpaw, who posted a rough 4.51 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 175 2/3 innings this past season for the AL West champions and then got shelled in his one postseason start. Wilson is owed $18 million in 2015 and a whopping $20 million in 2016.
He carries a no-trade clause that allows him to veto moves to eight (unidentified) teams.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.
Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.
MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.