Contract expiring, but Wilson wants to stay

Contract expiring, but Wilson wants to stay

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson is ready to begin the season without a contract beyond this year.

That means Wilson can file for free agency after the season, although he still wants to stay in Texas. His agent, Bob Garber, has had a number of discussions with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and assistant gm Thad Levine without making progress on a multiyear deal that would assure Wilson of being here beyond this season.

"Over the last few months, my agent has been in contact with JD and Thad, but with about 10 days left in Spring Training it doesn't look like a deal is going to get done before we break camp," Wilson said. "Things like this are complicated, of course, and deal with a lot of factors from both sides, but overall the feeling has been really amicable.

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"I really enjoy pitching here and am looking forward to focusing on my job -- winning as many games as possible and defending our AL West and AL championships. From the organization's standpoint, obviously the goal is to win year after year and that lines up with my own personal attitude towards pitching."

Daniels declined to discuss the negotiations in detail, but the Rangers do hope they might be able to work something out with Wilson at some point.

"We value him and we're not going to close the door on anything," Daniels said.

Wilson was eligible for arbitration this winter and settled for $7 million without a hearing. He was the Rangers' Pitcher of the Year in 2010 after going 15-8 with a 3.35 ERA in 33 starts and 204 innings pitched. He has already been named the Opening Day starter against the Red Sox on April 1 at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Once the season starts, Wilson said, he wants to concentrate on pitching and not get sidetracked by contract discussions.

"Once the season ends we'll revisit the future," Wilson said. "But right now it is time to prepare for the present and I don't want to distract from the rest of the guys or our team."