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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.

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Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Sad I was hoping he would start and finish his career in STL.  There is no loyalty in sports from owners or plyers



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:18 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.

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?



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Bring on the WS baby. lol Love it Moreno!


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:01 pm
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Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:53 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!



Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:49 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. Sure for anyone else they are great numbers. But for pujols...it just shows that without the supply he will stuggle in Cali. Cant wait to see this flop. He'll get his 30 hrs and 90 rbi but thats it. if he's lucky. They ain't 10 year 250million plus numbers. And how many hungry children are there in the world! Let me off this horrible merry-go-round... Money just destroys people. OH! And roids!!!



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I dont think it was just about the money for Albert, cause the Angels offer didnt blow the doors off the Cardinals.  I tthink playing in California, and in the AL where he can DH and prolong his career was something that intrigued him.  Another thing that if you think about, he won 2 titles with the Cardinals, and is the best player in the game, why wouldnt you want to try and win it with another team, another challenge.  Other then the Jays my other favourite team is the Cardinals, have been since I was a little kid, hate to see Pujols go, really thought he was going to resign in St. Louis, but now he's a Angel.  At least I can see him a couple times a year when he comes to Toronto.



Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:20 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).

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. 



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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:17 pm
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