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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.

Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Interesting economics here.  To make this pay off the team has to bring in $25.4 million each year in additional revenue.  Of course they are spending a lot of other money, so that means it has to be a lot more than that.  We'll see.

I note the "no-trade" clause.  But, no mention of a "no-cut" clause.  So, if he doesn't perform to satisfaction, I guess the Angels can just cut him.  As they say, "it's all in the details."




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

How is a 10 year, $254 million contract lesst han a 10 year, $252 million?



Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Good for the Angels as this may get them back in the playoffs.

True...  "may" get them there...  Probably will, but for ten years?  (I was actually arguing for the Cardinals to spend this money, but I've had a change of heart.)

Good for Albert Pujols too because he is finally going to get the MVP money that he has deserved for years.

Good for Pujols, yes, but it would have been so much better if he were doing it to get a better chance at winning.  No team offered a better opportunity than St. Louis.  This move puts Albert right below Lebron, because at least Lebron moved with the hopes of winning five, six, seven championships.  Albert's move was about the money and nothing more.  Sure it's his right, but I don't have to like him for it.
 

 
There shouldn't be any bitterness from either party or the fans because everybody lived up to their legal contracts.  Pujols has no reason to have any special obligation to St. Louis because he did what he was paid to do.  The fans of St. Louis may be disappointed because they embraced Pujols but the organization never did.  No matter how much he did they never gave him any more than what his contract specified.  To St. Louis it was a legal contract.  If the fans are disappointed, and they should be, they should be disappointed in the organization.
 
Actually, fans for the most part are completely at peace with the Cardinals decision by the ownership.  We completely understand why they would not spend that kind of money for an aging player.  Again, I did lobby for money to be spent (because the Cardinals listen to me, obviously), but I've had a change of heart.  Not sure if I'm no longer a Pujols fan, but I know I'm not the same Pujols fan I was this morning when I got out of bed.





Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

@Korn Diggler, have you seen baseball played at a higher level?  You move on every pitch.  If you don't, then you sit on the bench.  You didn't happen to see Pujols snap his arm in half and then come back to play weeks later and guide them to a playoff spot and a world series?  These guys are in top physical shape and get paid to compete at a high level for 165 games + playoffs.  Because there is a lot of money in the MLB, these franchises compete for the best talent by throwing their money around. I'm sorry the toothpaste factory thinks you are expendable enough to not give you more money.  The way the world works.



Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Good for the Angels as this may get them back in the playoffs.

Good for Albert Pujols too because he is finally going to get the MVP money that he has deserved for years.

I don't feel bad for the Cardinals because they underpaid Pujols for years and I admire Pujols for living up to his contract and riding it out.

There shouldn't be any bitterness from either party or the fans because everybody lived up to their legal contracts.  Pujols has no reason to have any special obligation to St. Louis because he did what he was paid to do.  The fans of St. Louis may be disappointed because they embraced Pujols but the organization never did.  No matter how much he did they never gave him any more than what his contract specified.  To St. Louis it was a legal contract.  If the fans are disappointed, and they should be, they should be disappointed in the organization.   &nbs
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Coming from a City that stole the Rams from us.  Get over it.   We basically gave you the LA Rams and you give us Pujols.  We all felt the same way here when St L took the Rams from us.   Deal with it.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Coming from a City that stole the Rams from us.  Get over it.   We basically gave you the LA Rams and you give us Pujols.  We all felt the same way here when St L took the Rams from us.   Deal with it.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Coming from a City that stole the Rams from us.  Get over it.   We basically gave you the LA Rams and you give us Pujols.  We all felt the same way here when St L took the Rams from us.   Deal with it.



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

UN-FREEEEEKIN'BELEIVEABLE what these BASEBALL PLAYERS are Paid !!!!!!!!???? There are MUCH 'tougher' ( physical ) Sports Athletes out there ( HOCKEY, and FOOTBALL Players take 'HITS' at tremendous speeds, and are "Physically Active" for 15-20 minutes out of every 60 minutes played - BASKETBALL PLAYERS play even more minutes - running up and down the court - dripping in sweat! ) None of these REAL ATHLETES get paid nearly as much as the 'BASEBALL PLAYERS' !!!?? ( 'so-called athletes' who BARELY work up a sweat - They STAND in a batters-box once every 9 players, and 'try' to Hit the Ball --- IF they do, they have to 'run' a whole 90ft? Maybe 180ft if they hit a Double? - and then when they're on the Field - they'll MAYBE get into a play ONCE or TWICE an Inning - where they MAY have to Run a little towards the ball to 'catch' it or 'field it' - and then 'throw it' ---- Whippeeeeee-Dooooooo !!!!!! ) and don't even get me started about How when they stub a toe, or 'bump' into another player - and then have to leave the game because of the INJURY !??? SERIOUSLY !!!!???? You don't see that kind of "PANZY-behavior" from Players in REAL SPORTS like HOCKEY and FOOTBALL and BASKETBALL !!! 



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

UN-FREEEEEKIN'BELEIVEABLE what these BASEBALL PLAYERS are Paid !!!!!!!!???? There are MUCH 'tougher' ( physical ) Sports Athletes out there ( HOCKEY, and FOOTBALL Players take 'HITS' at tremendous speeds, and are "Physically Active" for 15-20 minutes out of every 60 minutes played - BASKETBALL PLAYERS play even more minutes - running up and down the court - dripping in sweat! ) None of these REAL ATHLETES get paid nearly as much as the 'BASEBALL PLAYERS' !!!?? ( 'so-called athletes' who BARELY work up a sweat - They STAND in a batters-box once every 9 players, and 'try' to Hit the Ball --- IF they do, they have to 'run' a whole 90ft? Maybe 180ft if they hit a Double? - and then when they're on the Field - they'll MAYBE get into a play ONCE or TWICE an Inning - where they MAY have to Run a little towards the ball to 'catch' it or 'field it' - and then 'throw it' ---- Whippeeeeee-Dooooooo !!!!!! ) and don't even get me started about How when they stub a toe, or 'bump' into another player - and then have to leave the game because of the INJURY !??? SERIOUSLY !!!!???? You don't see that kind of "PANZY-behavior" from Players in REAL SPORTS like HOCKEY and FOOTBALL and BASKETBALL !!! 


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