Amid rumors that the Angels are trying to dump C.J. Wilson and the remainder of his contract, general manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters “we haven’t discussed C.J. Wilson at all” and “we have not picked up the phone and offered C.J. Wilson around to the league, at a reduced cost or any other.”
Of course, if another team came calling on Wilson it’s hard to imagine the Angels wouldn’t have open ears.
Wilson has two years and $38 million left on his contract and was a mess this past season, posting a 4.51 ERA in 31 starts overall and a 6.04 ERA in his final 16 outings.
However, from 2009-2013 he posted sub-4.00 ERA every year, including a 3.39 ERA in 212 innings in 2013. If it would require eating a huge portion of his remaining contract to move Wilson the Angels may feel like betting on a bounceback at age 34 is the better option.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.