Wilson, Rangers agree on $3.1M deal

Updated: January 18, 2010, 8:06 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The Texas Rangers agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson on Monday on a one-year, $3.1 million contract.

Wilson, who had been arbitration eligible, was 5-6 with a 14 saves and a 2.81 ERA in 74 bullpen appearances with the Rangers in 2009. He had 84 strikeouts and was outstanding at home, sporting a 0.67 ERA in 38 outings at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the lowest home ERA in Rangers history among pitchers with at least 40 innings in a season.

It remains to be seen what the 29-year-old Wilson's role will be in 2010. He is stretching out in the offseason to come to spring training and compete for a job in the starting rotation. But he could end up back in the bullpen if the club determines that's where they need him most.

Wilson had a flare for the dramatic at times, putting men on base and getting out of jams. But he was also reliable in 2009, giving manager Ron Washington a pitcher who could either get key outs in the eighth inning or close if needed.

The Rangers now have four remaining arbitration-eligible players: RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Frank Francisco, OF Josh Hamilton and LHP Chris Ray. RHP Brandon McCarthy and RHP Dustin Nippert, also arbitration-eligible, agreed to terms on Friday.

Rangers add to Pacific Rim staff: The Rangers hired Joe Furukawa as coordinator of the club's Pacific Rim operations.

He will work closely with A.J. Preller, Jim Colborn and Josh Boyd to oversee the daily scouting operations in the Far East.

Furukawa, 39, played briefly in Japan in the mid 1990s and was most recently working for the Hiroshima Carp in the club's international operations department.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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