Wilson, Rangers agree to one-year deal
Lefty reliever, club avoid arbitration by coming to terms
ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson has avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year deal for the 2010 season on Monday.
Wilson, who celebrated the new contract by going to Disneyland on Monday afternoon, will make $3.1 million. He made $1.85 million in 2009.The Rangers now have four unsigned players who have filed for arbitration: outfielder Josh Hamilton and pitchers Scott Feldman, Chris Ray and Frank Francisco. The Rangers will exchange arbitration hearing numbers with those four players on Monday. If the Rangers can't settle with any of those four players, there will be an arbitration hearing scheduled for sometime in February. But the Rangers haven't had an actual arbitration hearing with a player since Lee Stevens in 2000. Wilson pitched in 74 games for the Rangers last season, going 5-6 with a 2.81 ERA. He had 14 saves while serving as the backup closer behind Frank Francisco. He was 14th in the league in saves and had the most by any reliever who was not a team's No. 1 closer. Wilson will come into camp as the Rangers' left-handed setup reliever along with Darren Oliver. But the Rangers will also give Wilson a chance to make the starting rotation. He hasn't started since his rookie season in 2005. The Rangers also announced they have hired Joe Furukawa as their coordinator of Pacific Rim Operations. A former infielder in Japan, he will help Jim Colborn, Josh Boyd and A.J. Preller in overseeing the Rangers' daily scouting operations in the Far East.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.