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C.J. Wilson To Retire From Major League Baseball

Former MLB pitcher C.J. Wilson has decided to retire.

According to a report from ABC's affiliate in Fresno, California, former Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson has elected to retire. Wilson was an 11-year big league veteran and spent the past four seasons in Los Angeles.

Wilson, 36, was a former fifth-round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 2001 MLB Draft and broke in the big leagues in 2005. Initially a part of the bullpen, Wilson transitioned into rotation in 2010, where he ended up having the most success in his career. Wilson went on to become a two-time All-Star (2011 and 2012) and finished sixth in Cy Young voting in 2011. 

Wilson ultimately went on to sign a lucrative contract in his home state of California with the Los Angeles Angels in 2012 after seven seasons in Texas, but struggled to have the same success and was marred by injuries towards the end of his contract. Over his 11-year career, Wilson went 94-70 with a 3.74 ERA in 444 MLB games (192 starts) and finished with 16.2 wins above replacement. Wilson didn't play in 2016 and started just 21 games in 2015 going 8-8 with a 3.69 ERA. 

The Angels were unlikely to bring him back, after losing many different pitchers to injury the past few years and slipping into the basement of the league. With Wilson off the books, they were able to sign outfielder Kole Calhoun to a large contract extension. They also have opened room for rentals like Ricky Nolasco and Jesse Chavez to enter the rotation and set them up for deadline deals to bolster their weak farm system.


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