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Wilson focused on pitching, not free agency

Wilson focused on pitching, not free agency

Wilson focused on pitching, not free agency
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson can become a free agent in the offseason, but his focus remains on pitching instead of his contract.

The Angels recently signed Jered Weaver to a five-year, $85 million contract, but Wilson said he is not worried about how that deal might impact his impending free agency.

"I'm trying not to think about it," Wilson said Wednesday afternoon. "I have an agent that handles that. My job is to pitch. That's my job description. I take it upon myself to do other stuff, but I'm not sitting here trying to figure out what influences somebody else's thinking."

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Weaver could not have been a free agent until after next season, but he wanted to stay with the Angels. He is from Southern California and didn't want to leave.

Right now, Wilson is 13-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 27 starts and 181 innings pitched. He has more wins and more innings pitched than any other unrestricted potential free agent this season.

Only Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who is 9-14 with a 2.88 ERA, has a lower ERA. The other potential free-agent starter who compares to Wilson is White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle, who is 10-6 with a 3.19 ERA.

Other potential free agent starters include Edwin Jackson (9-9, 4.03 ERA), Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.71 ERA), Bruce Chen (9-5, 4.12 ERA), Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.71 ERA), Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.16 ERA), Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.34 ERA), Jason Marquis (8-6, 4.43 ERA) and Brad Penny (9-9, 4.82).

Others could become free agents if their options are not picked up, most notably Chris Carpenter, Aaron Harang, Aaron Cook and Roy Oswalt. CC Sabathia could change the whole free-agent market if he decides to opt out on the remaining four years and $92 million on his contract. Another factor is if Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish is posted this winter and allowed to jump to the United States.

"It's not time to talk about it," Wilson said. "We haven't even clinched the division yet. I'm going out and trying to win and then I'll check out the situation when it is time to do that. I'm having a hard enough time pitching the way I'm supposed to."

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