- Associated Press - Thursday, December 8, 2011

DALLAS (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels turned their own double play Thursday, adding free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson to a roster suddenly boosted by the acquisition of Albert Pujols.

Wilson agreed to a five-year deal worth about $75 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Pujols and the Angels agreed at $254 million for 10 years, another person told the AP. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

The deals came on the final day of baseball’s winter meetings.

Wilson was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA with Texas last season, helping Texas reach its second straight World Series. The 31-year-old lefty also attracted interest from the Miami Marlins, who reached deals with All-Star free agents Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle in the last week. The Marlins supposedly offered Wilson a six-year contract.

Wilson went 31-15 with a 3.14 ERA over 67 starts in the past two regular seasons, making a smooth transition from the bullpen. He pitched exclusively in relief from 2006-2009.

But he struggled in big games this year, probably costing himself millions in a possible contract.

Wilson was winless in this year’s postseason. He became the first pitcher in the same season to have a loss in the division series, championship series and World Series. He also was the losing pitcher in the All-Star game _ the defeat cost the Rangers home-field advantage in the World Series, and they lost Game 7 at St. Louis.

Wilson joins an Angels team that went 86-76 and finished 10 games behind Texas in the AL West. The Angels won the division from 2007-09.

With the Rangers, Wilson was a No. 1 starter. He may not have that same role with the Angels, who have ace Jered Weaver (18-8, 2.41 ERA). Dan Haren (16-10, 3.17) and Ervin Santana (11-12, 3.28) also were in the rotation.



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