The Angels have made left-hander C.J. Wilson available in trade talks with other clubs, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman wonders if the Angels' willingness to trade Wilson signifies that they will be players for other available starters, with James Shields and Max Scherzer among the potential fits for the Halos.
Wilson, who was signed to a five-year deal at the Winter Meetings in 2011, is coming off his worst season since 2008 after posting a 4.51 ERA in 31 starts for the Angels. He was great in his first two seasons with the club (3.83 ERA in 2012, 3.39 ERA in 2013), but his value may never be lower considering his down-year and the fact that he is owed $38 million over the next two seasons.
Wilson can block trades to eight unknown teams, though the strong trade market for starters may cause the Angels to hold onto him until they can get more value in return. With Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker already in the mix for next season, the Halos may look to add to a potentially-strong rotation with the addition of a big name like Shields or Scherzer.