One of the bedrock principles of free agency is that a given free agent will almost always accept the biggest offer. It doesn't often matter so much who's doing the bidding - it matters more how much is being bid. It's not even a criticism. It's just kind of true.
So this ongoing situation with C.J. Wilson is of unusual interest. Wilson has been presented a six-year contract offer by the Miami Marlins. He's also been presented a five-year contract offer by the Los Angeles Angels. The former would guarantee him more money. And yet, he appears to be leaning towards the latter. Via Ken Rosenthal:
Source: WIlson "more likely than not" will sign with #Angels, not #Marlins.
This is supported by a similar tweet from Jim Bowden. Nothing is official yet, but odds look good that C.J. Wilson will shortly become the newest Angel.
If that's how things go down, then Wilson presumably will have been swayed by his strong southern California roots. He's said to love the area, he'd be able to stay in the same division, and I guess what's one more guaranteed pile of money in six years when you're guaranteed piles of money for the next five years? This is an honest question, as I have never been offered or even been so much as in the same room as a pile of money.
Expect a resolution Thursday. Not gonna lie, I'm kind of afraid of what the Marlins might do if they're turned down again.