What C.J. Wilson Retiring Means for Angels

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Updated: February 9, 2017

Left-handed starter C.J. Wilson has spent the last five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. As of Wednesday night Wilson has decided to retire from the MLB to pursue a full-time racing career.

C.J. Wilson joined the Angels in 2012 on a five-year $75 million deal. Wilson went 51-35 3.87 ERA in 119 starts with the Angels over four seasons. Forced to miss all of last season with elbow and shoulder issues.

The 36-year-old starter had finished his contract with the Angels, and was a free agent. Rumors were spreading that Wilson could be doing a throwing showcase in February. That was not the case and Wilson has decided to call it a career.

There were rumors that the Angels may have been interested in signing Wilson to a short-term deal. The Angels rotation has plenty of question marks heading into 2017. Wilson has experienced success with the Angels and could have added depth at the very least.

Wilson retiring does not hurt the Angels though. They already have eight or more starters ready for Spring Training. The staff is lacking depth though, as Ricky Nolasco is really the only veteran pitcher on the staff currently. A team-friendly deal with Wilson could have added some experience to the Halos rotation.

The Angels could look for another left-handed starter now. Andrew Heaney is likely out for the 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery. Tyler Skaggs is the only other left-handed pitcher in the mix for the Angels rotation. He is coming off an injury riddled 2016 season, but is looking to bounce back.

Wilson bought a dealership and is now racing and selling cars full-time. That could mean with Wilson off the board the Angels could look to sign another left-handed veteran arm before Opening Day.

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