After going to two consecutive World Series, Texas Rangers ace CJ Wilson signed with the Los Angelas Angels. This was a tough choice for Wilson because the Angels and the Rangers are such big rivals. The Angels also landed Albert Pujols. While this was happening, the Rangers won bidding rights to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. Millions of dollars later, Darvish is the Rangers new ace. ESPN writer Mark Saxon writes about the changes:
The Angels had the second-best starting pitching in the American League last year, behind only Tampa Bay. Then they added C.J. Wilson, a pitcher who has gone 31-15 and allowed batters to hit just .225 off him since he became a starter two years ago.
Everything is in place to make the Angels’ rotation perhaps the best in franchise history and the stingiest in their league. When he ranked baseball’s best rotations, ESPN’s David Schoenfieldslotted the Angels at No. 2. That’s great, but it’s also just one place better than AL West rival Texas, which replaced Wilson with Japanese sensation Yu Darvish.
As a Texas Rangers fan, I could not be more disappointed. I don’t know why anyone would leave a team after going to back-to-back championships. This also happened to my Dallas Mavericks after they won their first championship last summer. It makes me sick to see players leave good teams with dollar signs in their eyes. I was even surprised that Pujols left his team of world champions simply for more money.
I hope Darvish can do what Wilson did and more. I hope he becomes the best pitcher in baseball and wins a championship so Wilson can see what he could have been apart of. There’s a big difference in winning the American League and winning it all. What do you think about sell-out athletes?
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