C.J. Wilson will be the focus of a Nationals scout at tonight's Rangers-Athletics game, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Ladson suggests that this is an indication that the club will have interest in Wilson, one of the game's top pitchers, once he becomes a free agent this winter.
The 30-year-old Wilson didn't become a full-time starter with the Rangers until last season, but since the move he's proven to be one of the better left-handed starters in the American League. This season he's improved, too, posting a 2.97 ERA over 215 innings with strong peripherals; his FIP, xFIP and SIERA marks all sit below 3.4 on the year.
Washington's interest may actually be pretty understandable. A 2012 rotation that includes Wilson, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann could be enough to push the Nationals into contention next year, especially if the club can get resurgent offensive seasons from Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman.