ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers stands on the mound in the first inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
C.J. Wilson, widely considered the top free agent pitcher this off-season, could be looking at an offer as long as five or six years and likely surpass the $82.5 million guarantees that John Lackey and A.J. Burnett received in recent years according to John Paul Morosi of FoxSports.
The 31 year-old is drawing heavy interest from around the league, with no less than the Angels, Blue Jays, Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, and Yankees taking a look. However, the Rangers might be the first team to lose interest if these rumors are true. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News said on twitter, he's "pretty certain the Rangers won't go 5 guaranteed."
Morosi reiterates that the Angels could be a natural fit for Wilson, who grew up near and currently resides relatively close to the team, but he also lived in Manhattan -- implying he could just-as-likely be a good fit with the Yankees.