In the postseason, starting pitchers hold a press conference the day before they pitch. The clubhouse isn’t open to media pregame, so these afternoon press conferences are a feeding frenzy for writers desperately needing some sort of early story or a sidebar that will hold up for the next day’s paper.
In the postseason, even an uninteresting starting pitcher gets several column inches of space in the next day’s paper.
Safe to say, C.J. Wilson is well aware that some of those column inches have been devoted to his pending free agency, and the possibility of joining the Yankees. I’m sure it comes up often, and he was asked about before last night’s start in Game 5 of the ALCS.
“Where else would I rather be than here right now?” Wilson said. “This is the ultimate spot to be. I am in a good organization. I have worked my whole life to get to this point. I am not going to misappropriate any mental resources towards the future. The only future for me is (today). That’s the only thing I am worried about.”
When the Rangers postseason run ends, Wilson will have little choice but to shift his attention. He’s expected to be the top free agent starting pitcher — unless CC Sabathia actually hits the market — and that’s going to make him an active part of the rumor mill. An agent speculated to Buster Olney last night that Wilson could get a five or six-year deal worth anywhere from $60 million to $100 million depending on his postseason success.
“I am a baseball fan so obviously I pay attention to everything that’s going on,” Wilson said. “I read stuff every once in a while about what is going on in baseball, in other organizations. I try to keep abreast of it because it’s my industry.”
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