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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: 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 !!! 

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:57 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Pujols is a great  talent. But have you seen that roid gut. He's on the decline for a reason. his numbers tell the story.

Your another idiot.

His number don't show he is on the decline...your just an idiot plain and simple

Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:51 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

It's all money, money and money, I am a Cardinals fan and only like Pujols because he was a Cardinal. I hope he sucks for the Angels, he's not a Card anymore so I am hoping for a slump, the are all greedy players, MLB, NFL and NBA. If baseball had a salary cap this would not happen, Angels are just like the Yankees now, best team money can buy.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:50 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

WoW! The yankees signed Aroid at 32 for ten years! How's that working now? These gm's never learn!

GM's are just fine. The Angels just added thousands more to their home attendance, became an instant contender for their division and will be a more competative club.

The Arod signing is still working fine. The last time I checked, with the exception of this year due to injury, he has hit 30 or more HRs and driven in 100 or more RBI.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:49 pm

That's whack

Our society is so far out of whack with what we pay athletes.
Paying a billboard installer $1.2 billion is just as stupid.  But I guess you'd say he's worth it and Pujols is not.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:45 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Our society is so far out of whack with what we pay athletes

I totally agree.  Five stars for you sir!

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:45 pm
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Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:44 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.

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.  

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.     

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:37 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Our society is so far out of whack with what we pay athletes. 

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:32 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I'm a Sox fan, and I'm stunned, absolutely stunned. I haven't been surprised by a player moved in years.

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