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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: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:49 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels


No it doesn't...Pujols actually shows up and WINS championships!

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:42 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

From a purely economic outlook, he is actually taking a slight hit for his move to the coast.  The 15% difference in deals is eaten up and then some by the cost of living differences.  He will actually have to do some sponsoring or other things he typically doesnt do to have exactly the same amount of disposable income.  However, he is a millionaire multiple times over, so that likely doesnt matter to him.

As for his previous contract, it was good for the time he signed it.  It also guaranteed him a fairly lengthy contract at a decent, but unspectacular salary.  I wouldnt say that the Cardinals were stealing from Albert when he inked that one.  The result of it appear to be a bargin now that we have seen the end result, but that wasnt guaranteed at the time of signing.  Nothing is ever guaranteed.  I am not sure how much of the Angels contract is guaranteed, but if Pujols were to be injured fairly early on it could be devasating to the organization for a decade.  Also, just because the AL has a DH it doesnt mean that every good hitter can just retire out as a DH.  Many dont adjust well to not playing the field and just getting off the bench to hit.  Edgar Martinez was great at it, but not everyone has had that kind of success at the switch. 

For all those saying that the Cardinals were basically ripping him off or severely underpaying him for 10 years, I suggest that we have a pay for play approach.  It would be ultimately fair and would do away with contract year motivation in making it every year.  Have a base salary for each position (with targets for average, RBI's, HR's, SB, ERA, SO, W, L etc...) and escalators from there and set a cap at roughly 25 million that increases at a given rate.  If you are the best player in the game, you get the highest pay.  If you have a off year, you have a off economic year as well.  Ultimately fair...but the players wouldnt sign on for anything like this. 

Albert has been great for many years and deserves whatever he wants to do.  So if going to the Angels is what he wants, then good for him.  However, if Albert wants his cake and to eat it as well by being still revered in STL, then he needs a big dose of reality.  There will be many in STL that will hate him now that he has left the club.  He needs to understand that he has damaged a lot of his love in the town.  Being a Cardinals fan, I wish him well and thank him for what he gave us for over 10 years.  For many of us, he will always be a Cardinal.  But knowning STL, for many, he is just gone many other good players that have left after several seasons with the team.  It kind of reminds me of when Keith Hernandez or Ted Simmons were allowed to or sent packing. 

I hope that he lives up to his current contract for the Angels.  Albert is a very proud guy and wont take mediocrity well.

I cant blame team management.  To spend that kind of money on one player when you have and demonstrated a willingness to keep payroll under control, you just cant spend that kind of money on one player and expect to get a decent backup cast.  I like it in that it will allow the Cardinals to keep Wainright and Garcia when their payday approaches.  If they make a run at Prince Fielder, that would be great, but I wouldnt get too close to what you were willing to spend on Pujols.  It almost seems like they were planning on this outcome for a while with the signing of Holliday a couple years back.

Good Luck Albert!

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:36 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels


Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:29 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Sad....player turns down a 200 million dollar contract to stay with the same team his entire career, only to sign one for 250 million dollars. Is or his family's life going to be any different because of that discrepancy? The general public cannot possibly fathom that, as I noted some of the remarks--"He's finally getting that money he deserves." What, was 200 million insulting? I'm reminded of Latrell Sprewell's comment maybe 8 years ago, when he was commenting on his awful contract of 17 million dollars a year: "I have a family to feed!"
Our country's finances are a shambles, millions cannot find work, those that can are either making a pittance, or asked to do the work that 2 or three used to do; millions have no health insurance, etc etc, yet some of you boobs are justifying someone making 250 million dollars to play baseball as "finally getting paid what he's worth." Sorry, but no athlete is worth anything near that..they do not save lives, run countries, or do anything but hit a little ball, put one through a round hunk of metal, or run or kick a ball over a chalk line.
My solution is having a hard cap (but lower) like the NFL has, & take the billions left over to help the people, cities, and our country who need it and deserve it more.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:25 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

There is so much more to baseball then meets the eye, it's a huge business.  He owes it to his union and the membership to get every single penny he can.  He's not just a star or a superstar... he's put up the best numbers in the game overall for the last 10 years.  The more money he makes the better it is for everybody beneath him....  It's how it is.... that's it.  
It takes intelligence and logic to understand the not so obvious underlying issues.  I hope the Cardinals come to regret not resigning Pujols.  He WAS loyal to Cardinals.  Every person has their limit.  Cardinals fans loved him for more than his on-field contributions.  And he loved Cardinals fans back.  The problem is that the Cardinals organization did not "love" him enough.






;     take out his highest & lowest totals for each category and you'll notice more clearly his consistent AMAZING performance.

Word to the wise, if you want to keep your franchise players, meaning they are the foundation for your team's performance and they are the face of the team in the community and national media, you should never let them get a year away from free agency while they are still a franchise player and producing like one.

For the emotional Cardinals fans hating on Pujols, the hometown discount applies ONLY when the organization reaches out early enough and offers fair market value to show the player the appreciation and respect he deserves.  Most people know that Albert Pujols has been one of the most productive employees any sports organization has ever had.  He only left St Louis because he felt disrespected by the organization/management group. 

There are many examples of organizations making long term commitments to players before an antagonistic relationship develops.  Most recently are Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.  You may not think these are hometown discounts but in reality they may eventually become that.  These may outperform their salaries (it seems impossible but think in terms of fair market value for players with similar performance).  Even Matt Kemp's recent signing could become a "hometown discoutn" signing.  If his next two years are just as good or better than last year then the 3rd year and after could be perceived as a discount.

Some people here HAVE stated that the Cardinals waited to long to get serious about keeping Pujols.  If it turns out that Albert was on steroids or that he is in fact actually older than his stated age then maybe the Cardinals had good reason to let him go.  But if Albert is clean, produces for at least the next five years like he has throughout his career and he helps the Angels contend for the WS in those years then the Cardinals will have proven wrong in not extending his contract early.

This signing is a shock for many because we all wanted to believe that the Cardinals wanted to keep Pujols as much as Cardinals fans wanted him to stay.  Albert Pujols just proved that he is a very smart man and baseball player.  Moving to the AL will improve his longevity and offensive statistics.  He will bat against weaker pitchers, play in smaller parks, have a more potent line up surrounding him (without pitcher hitting), and will rest his body on days that he is in the line up as DH.  He will enjoy California, the weather, the coast, the diversity, the culture, and attractions/entertainment.  He will DONATE to charities, foundations, churches, etc in SoCal & he will be loved more than he was in St Louis. 

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:23 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels


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

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

There you go you STlouis fans.... all the cheering all the asking for autographs all the support you gave him treating him like he was god the almighty... like Molitor did in Milwaukee HE JUST SPIT IN YOUR FACES. HE JUST SCREWED YOU FANS OVER..... FOR WHAT MONEY$$$$ he could give a crap about you guys.Cool

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:17 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I really thought that Pujols was the real deal, a good man who loved the city and team for whom he played. When he couldn't come to terms in the off-season, I became concerned and considering that terms weren't worked out immediately after the Wold Series, I began to realize that he was not any different than other athletes when it comes to big bucks. Call me naive, but I can't see how he could let an extra $54 million lure him away from the opportunity to finish his career in the city where he started.
Yes, naive is the apt description. As we see from the many posts here, many Cardinals fans loved Pujols for what he did for them and assumed he loved them because they loved him. This is the mentality of a child, a naif. Face it, the only reason Cardinals fans loved Pujols is because he was a great player in St Louis, no other reason. It has nothing to do with him being a good man, the real deal. This is an entirely selfish love, and the response to him leaving is immature. But then we are talking about 'fan(atics)'.

The sad thing is how the young kids in St. Louis might miss such an iconic player. I can't imagine how I would have reacted as a kid if Stan Musial would have left. Hell, I cried when Enos Slaughter got traded to the Yankees.  
Imagine how happy young kids in Southern California will be. The kids in St Louis will get it over it. I saw The Big Red Machine dismantled and didn't slit my wrists.

Only time will tell the extent of his absence will make in the batting lineup, but if the pitching fulfills its promise and the Cardinals farm system provides some punch, maybe the team can field another winner. I'm just frustrated enough to hope they win it all again WITHOUT him.     
The Cardinals now have $22 million a year to spend elsewhere. I'm sure they'll be all right. If I were the Cardinals GM I'd give Scott Boras a call, make an offer for Prince Fielder.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:16 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Well history has proven that in all sports, the more money dished out doesn't
mean automatic. In baseball you have A-Rod, Manny, Crawford and now Pujols.
Gots to get the money now before HGH testing.

Anyway you look at it you still have to play the game and most of the pressure is on him
not Cardinal management. $220 million and be a ledgend or even King or $250
million and flip a finger? Hell he's as bad as the President....neither one can't
come up with a birth certificate

Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:14 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Sure, they can cut him...  But they cut him and continue to pay his monster contract.

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