Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson is reportedly being dangled as trade bait amid the MLB offseason.

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Report: Wilson on Block, Angels Hoping to Fill Roster Holes

Monday, Dec. 7

Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reported the buzz on Wilson’s future, indicating the Angels may need to pay some of the $20 million in salary the southpaw is owed in 2016 to execute a deal.

Miller specified the areas L.A. needs to address are second base, third base and left field.

Dependable veteran David Freese plays the hot corner but is hitting free agency this offseason, leaving new general manager Billy Eppler in a tough spot. The Orange County Register‘s Jeff Fletcher speculated Jay Bruce and Seth Smith as possible trade targets to fill in at left field.

It’s evident Eppler isn’t shy about making bold moves in his reported interest in shopping Wilson, who went 8-8 this past season with a 3.89 ERA. The 35-year-old was shut down after 21 starts and underwent left elbow surgery.

Since teammates were reportedly frustrated by Wilson’s decision to sit out the rest of the season, according to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, there is some logic to trading him. Wilson posted a 4.51 ERA in 2014 and may be causing a subtle rift in the clubhouse, meaning both parties could be best suited for a fresh start.

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