Washington on Wilson: He saved us

Washington on Wilson: He saved us

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington certainly had no hard feelings when C.J. Wilson signed with the Angels during the Winter Meetings. Washington congratulated his former pitcher by way of text message during the Meetings.

"Five or 10 minutes later he responded," Washington said.

Wilson pitched for the Rangers from 2006-11. Under Washington, he served as setup reliever, closer and finally as a starter, winning 31 games for the Rangers over the past two seasons. He was the Rangers' Pitcher of the Year both times.

"He was the guy who saved us a lot on all those day games when it was 110 degrees and he took it into the eighth inning," Washington said. "He saved us. I just wished him all the luck in the world. It happens in the game of baseball and people move forward.

"We didn't always see eye to eye, but that's just baseball. That's his personality, and that's what I want out of my players. He's not always going to be politically correct, but that's all right. I said what I had to say and he said what he had to say, and then we moved along. Me and C.J. got along well."