CJ Wilson met with editors in the last period in the party of the location here and said he thought he might have been wearing a Nevada Marlins normal next duration of year.
In the end, Wilson went home — switching down nearly $100 million over six generations from the Marlins, according to his agent, Bob Garber.
Said Wilson: “The Marlins were such a highly effective offer I might not have completed up in Anaheim unless things came together the other day the way they did.”
Wilson will get a five-year, $77.5 million deal from Anaheim — but only after thinking long and hard about the Marlins.
One team source said the Marlins’ offer was in the high-$80-million range, but the source did not specify if that was the original or modified offer. Ken Rosenthal, who also spoke to Garber, reported the Marlins were willing to go as high as $100 million.
“If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin,” Wilson said.
“The Marlins were really the front runner in a lot of ways. They presented the best financial situation and really the most freedom in lot of ways as well,’’ he said.
When Garber called the Marlins this morning to deliver the news, the Marlins continued their full-court press.
“They didn’t want to close the door,” Garber said. “There were six figures on the table and he turned down a lot of money to play for his hometown team. Six years guaranteed. This (Anaheim) is 5 years guaranteed.
“He feels he will be healthy at 35 and he can come out and get another big contract. He wanted to go back home. The person who made it hardest was Jeffrey Loria. He was fantastic.”
Loria, the Marlins’ owner, said he doesn’t blame Wilson for following his heart.
“It’s quite understandable – a gifted young California guy wants to be near his home,’’ Loria said.