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Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 1:16 pm
DALLAS -- Albert Pujols agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday morning in a decision that has absolutely shocked the baseball world.

Less than 24 hours after the Angels jumped into the Pujols sweepstakes, they landed the St. Louis icon with a 10-year, $254 million deal. The deal includes a full no-trade clause and will tie Pujols to the Angels through the age of 41.

It is the third-largest contract in baseball history, trailing only Alex Rodriguez's two deals, for $275 million (2008-2017) and $252 million (2001-2010).

The staggering deal is for some $70 million more than owner Arte Moreno paid for the Angels. In April, 2003, he purchased them for $180 million from the Walt Disney Co.

Pujols, coming off of his second World Series championship with the Cardinals, was a St. Louis icon. The Cardinals picked him in the 13th round of the 1999 amateur draft and are the only franchise for whom he's ever played. In 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Pujols batted .328 with 445 home runs and 1,329 RBI.

He has won three National League MVP awards, two Gold Gloves, six Silver Sluggers and is a nine-time All Star.

The Cardinals knew this day could possibly come but worked to avoid it. They negotiated with Pujols last winter but faced a deadline set by the slugger when spring training opened. He did not want to be distracted once the season started, so he terminated negotiations upon reporting to camp in Jupiter, Fla., last February.

St. Louis presented Pujols with a new offer on Tuesday, a reported 10-year offer for $220 million. The Miami Marlins were pushing hard to sign Pujols this week but talks between them and Pujols' camp ended on Wednesday. The Cubs earlier this week became involved, but they were only interested on a shorter-term deal, for four or five years.

The Angels moved into the talks full bore on Wednesday, with owner Arte Moreno personally speaking with Pujols. Even as late as Wednesday afternoon, first-year Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto worked to deflect attention away from the Angels as they made their stealth bid.

"Our net is spread wide," Dipoto said when asked about Pujols, but that's not necessarily where our focus is."

By Thursday, stunningly, shockingly, impressively ... that net had caught the biggest prize on the free agent market.

It was a dramatic reversal of the Angels recent misfortunes on the free agent market. In recent years, they've swung and missed at CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and, perhaps most frustratingly for them, Carl Crawford last winter. All indications were that Crawford wanted to play in the West, but the Red Sox moved in and blew the Angels out of the water with a seven-year, $142 million deal.

Having missed the playoffs for two consecutive seasons, the Angels have had a growing sense of frustration. They're betting that Pujols, who has two World Series rings since the Angels' last -- and only -- World Series win in 2002, can help them not only return to October baseball, but win another World Series crown.


Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:44 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Face it. This loving the fans crap was just an act. Expect for Mike Schdmit, Mario Lemieux, Dan Marino and a handful of players who stayed loyal to their original teams. He and Fielder and the rest are just illiterate bats for hire who would be carrying people's luggage in in hotels, flipping burgers or washing cars. They're pirates. period. So don't be dissappointed. Take it for what it is. Mercerancy on contract.

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:40 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Hey GOOBER, [blah blah blah]  I forgot you did say you were a little slow.  [blah blah blah]  Good luck with your pathetic life and go suck on your own goober!!

I offered my two cents on this topic a while ago.  This is a big one.  Sir Albert’s decision here (one which, in my opinion, he will someday come to regret) is bound to stir significant discourse.  Lots of good feedback I've gotten (both here and in conversations with friends); thought I'd check back in.

But Good Lord !! 'Have to say that you come out here hoping to take away something intelligent that's posted, and fact of the matter is, there are *lots* of good, relevant, informative posts to be found - *IF* you can manuever between all the irrelevant name-calling.

Nothing wrong with differing opinions that manifest in reasonably literate, and again - *relevant* debate... but who really needs to see the same old tired people trotting out the same old tired adjectives and derogatory nouns ("idiot", "pathetic") and even new ones now and then ("goober")?

And it's so ironic  - I mean who's really "pathetic" here?  The 98% of us who this self-annointed spell-checker disagrees with and spits at, or the "idiot" who seems to have nothing better to do with his life than play this game; really pal - get a life!!  And as long as you're (not "your", but *you're* [see your own previous posts]) going to spell and grammar check people, get a dictionary and take a rudimentary course in English grammar yourself!

'Hope *others* are not offended by my being compelled to offer this rebuke.  'Will see and exchange thoughts and ideas with the rest of the good seeds I *do* find out here - on those *occasions* I vist (I *do* have a life outside of posting little b1tch rants on web sites)


Out here 'cause I'm a *sports fan*... not a frustrated, would-be elementary school teacher.

Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:05 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Bottom Line! Once again its the UNIONS that screw it up for everyone! No matter its the work place or the sports world. Until unions are abolished or replaced, wherever their is a union involved, it will be corrupt and slanted.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:54 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:46 pm
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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:28 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Too Bad. I want to see him as Cardinal for ever

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:39 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Point again is that money is not everything, but then again you did say you were slow.  So go home to your 15 rooms and cry in each one of them!!!

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:37 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Point again, spend as much as you want because you do not know the value of money.  You have no idea what I am worth, just another IDIOT statement!!!!!  I am done with you, you new york loser!!!

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:22 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Brian8ball, the only problem I have with your argument is calling albert "underpaid" for 10 years. Granted, he made less than a lot of players, but #$(*@(@!! he pulled in $14 mil. I suspect he was able to live on that and still put $5,000 toward an IRA each year. By holding pujols salary back a bit the club was able to win two championships. I thought that's why these guys played. Granted St. "Loo-is" was in the toilet when they dumped all that cash in Matt Holliday's lap, but albert I think showed what a thin skin and unappreciative person he is. His "feelings got hurt" and so he decided, likely sometime last year, that St. Louis management would pay for not respecting him.

enjoy your cash albert, I doubt you'll ever see another World Series ring on your hand. 

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:57 am
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