By Rob Rossi
Thursday, June 22, 2006
• The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are believed to be interested in acquiring first baseman/outfielder Craig Wilson. Earlier this month, Wilson met with manager Jim Tracy and general manager Dave Littlefield. In that meeting, Wilson requested a trade. If the Pirates do not trade Wilson, they run the risk of losing him as a free agent in the offseason. The Angels entered yesterday trailing Oakland and Texas by seven games in the AL West. The Angels' team batting average and home-run totals rank near the bottom of the American League. Explaining their interest in Wilson, who makes his home in Southern California, the Angels have tried seven different players at first base in 2006. Those players had combined to bat .222 with five home runs and 23 RBI. In return for Wilson, the Pirates are believed to be asking teams for a major-league ready prospect who is not arbitration-eligible.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax