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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: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:35 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

When he hit .255 (first time below .300 in his career) in 1959, Musial asked for (and received) a $20,000 pay cut, to $80,000, for the 1960 season, according to a report by Ralph Ray in the Jan. 27, 1960, edition of The Sporting News.

Think any player would do that now (even if the PA would allow it).  A 25 % pay cut!


Sorry, $100,000 down to $80K would be a 20% pay cut.  Don't want you math geeks yelling at me.  LOL.

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:30 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Whew! Am I glad that the owners of the Miami Marlins have their priorities straight! I can finally sleep tonight knowing knowing that Albert and his family will not have to worry about being homeless for the next ten years. Beautyrest here I come thanks to utterly selfless multibillionaires and multimillionaires who don't give a crap about reality!

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:23 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I had believed Albert when he said it wasn't about they money (call me naive).  Obviously, it was ALL about the money.  But not the money he will put in his pocket.  It's about the perception of being the highest "paid" player (at least at his position). 

When you consider that in California, he faces a much higher cost of living and state tax rate, his "take home" pay may be even less than he would have had in St. Louis or Miami (high cost of living, no state taxes).
Another way to look at it, a more generous way, is that perhaps Pujols felt wanted more by the Angels than by the Cardinals (or Marlins, etc). We only see the numbers being reported, but maybe it was the way the Cardinals dealt with him concerning his contract that meant more in the end than his take-home pay. Or, maybe he was being a nice guy all this time and not saying how he really felt about living and playing in St Louis. Maybe LaRuss retiring was a difference maker, more so than the higher salary.
Albert wanted to be like Stan Musial, but instead, pride and ego won out.  When Stan had a down year, he told the Cardinals to cut his pay (I don't think any player would do that these days). 

Yes the Cardinals would be a better team with Albert in the lineup, but they will still contend for the division without him.  And in future years, the Cardinals will not have the Albatross of Albert's contract hanging around their necks.

So Albert, thanks for the 11 wonderful years.  Now pack up and get out.  Take that new statue outside your restaurant with you. 
It sounds like you know Pujols pretty well. Your comments sound a lot like a spurned lover. Honestly I don't understand this mentality because it's hammered into us every day that the players are millionaires and a breed apart, so why anyone would expect them to not be interested in prestige or making money just seems naive at best. Same for the owners; they obviously valued pocketing $3 million a year more than they valued bringing back Pujols and paying him what he was worth.

The disappointing thing about this is Albert consistently stating "It's not about the money.  I love St. Louis, the Cardinals and the fans.  I want to retire here."  As a matter of fact, the radio stations have been playing the quotes all day (of course it's their job to harp on and on about it).  Most players I wouldn't put that much stock into their words.  But Albert is a different story.  Doesn't smoke, drink alcohol, never been in trouble with the law.  Very charitable.  VERY christian.  A man who's words you could believe.  That's the tough part.  As for the money. I wouldn't give any player (much less a 31 year old) a ten year guaranteed contract.

As far as Musial taking a pay cut after a down year, if that's true, then, no disrespect intended, he was a sucker. Did the Busch family cut ticket prices or give refunds when they had down years?

No, Musial wasn't a sucker.  He just had (and still has) very high moral standards (something lacking in today's society).  Remember, he played in the 40's thru the early 60's'.  That is back when people actually didn't mind WORKING for a living.  They expected to be paid fairly for the work they did.  He signed a contract and had a down year.

When he hit .255 (first time below .300 in his career) in 1959, Musial asked for (and received) a $20,000 pay cut, to $80,000, for the 1960 season, according to a report by Ralph Ray in the Jan. 27, 1960, edition of The Sporting News.

Think any player would do that now (even if the PA would allow it).  A 25 % pay cut!

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:19 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Four things jump out at me:
1. Albert had to have been mad at Cards management to deny a fairly comparable offer.
2. If ANY team were to sign him to 10 years, it would only work in the AL because Albert can DH in his later years.
3. People will blame the Cards for this. I don't how they can when the Cards offered 10 years and $220 million. This is clearly Albert's decision. Don't blame the Cards. People would've criticized the Cards even if they HAD signed Pujols for the length of the contract.
4. I'll miss Albert. But the Cards will still contend. With Albert gone, this is a golden opportunity for the Cards front office to get creative and sign a couple quality free agents. My wishlist? Jimmy Rollins at SS for five years. And Michael Cuddyer would fit in nicely in St. Louis. He can play RF, 1B & 2B. Signing him to three years at a fair price could do it. And, if there's any way possible to get Roy Oswalt to a two-year deal, do it. Dunc can work his magic with him.

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:13 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Albert is a sellout!! No better than the rest of those greedy assH0!es!!!

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:12 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

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Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:11 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Kinda like Favre.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:46 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Al probably thinks it's a good signing Cool

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:42 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Is that your best you could come up with...seems to me that stupidity is in your DNA... not mine douche!!! anyone that thinks this is a good signing is just as stupid as the money paid for A-ROID! Come on and take sometime and respond with a level of intelligence that rates higher than your average primate.(Thats a monkey incase your not sure)

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:19 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

TJROD Thanks for correcting me you are correct....

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