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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: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:12 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

See I told people all along that St. Louis fans are smart and so are the owners.  I'm a Reds fan and Griffey cripped us for years and I thought if they give Albert 10 years the last 4 or 5 will be wasted money.  So good play Cards and good luck in AL Albert. 

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:11 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

C'mon St. Louis you couldn't come up with and extra 34 million to hang onto the difference maker ?

Loyalty works both ways ... the Cardinals sure enjoyed the extra millions Big Al brought in... it's time for him to Lebron James and reap the rewards of superstardom - he has the World Championships - so it was up to St. louis to pony up or get out of the way!!!    

Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:09 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I just don't get it from the Angels perspective. You have a young (and cheap) Trumbo as well as K. Morales (I know, the injury, can he come back as he was) at 1b already. Look, kudos for wanting to make a splash and to compete with the Yankees/Sox but the back end of this contract is going to hurt them bad. I would have thought that the Alex Rodriquez contract, and his subsequent performance (due to age/injury) have proven this to be a BAD deal. Then you had C. Crawford's big flop last year as well. In fact, there are not many contracts past the 4-5 year term which work out for anyone other than the players. 

As for the Cardinals, if I was a fan of theirs, the reason I would be mad is that THE ENTIRE CITY ADORED HIM to the point of ridiculousness and then offered him $220million.....but he NEEDED the extra $30 million right??!?! I mean, who could possibly live off of only $22million per year? Apparently there never is enough $$ which is a sign of the times.....and not a good one (forget sports, look at the country, greedy bastards are running it into the ground). The rich get richer.......Anyway, obviously he did nothing "wrong" but it just turns me off......just like the day after CC opted out of his contract and got another $30 million added on from the Yankees so he didn't go to free agency and then claimed that "it had nothing to do with the money". That PISSED me off and it is flat out insulting. Thanks for making the ticket and concession prices go up again CC; obviously us blue collar peeps don't need the money as much as you, right? Some of you are saying “I would take the money/promotion regardless”, but if you offered me $1million a year to stay where I am now, close to my family & friends, like the area, my wife and kids are happy there, etc… or offered me $1.5million to move across the country and away from that quality of life, I absolutely, positively would not go. To me, for the money alone, it would not be worth it…..but I am apparently in a very small minority here.

In this economy, to me at least, it’s insulting that these teams keep doling out all this dough on these crazy long term deals. As a self-admitted Yankees fan you might find this hypocritical but I have always been against their wild spending ways. Fact is, I used to be a bleacher creature back in the late 80's early 90's and when I first started sitting in the bleachers the tickets were $4.50/ea. Now you can't even get a hot dog or half a beer for that so, I don't go to games anymore EVER. The ticket/parking/concession prices are ridiculous and every signing like this one makes it even worse.  So, between Pujols and Wilson, Angels fans will start feeling the pain. It used to be a game to take the family to, now it’s just another corporate/rich environment, especially for the prime seats. The fact that I was 5 1/2 and my first memory of baseball was watching Reggie hit 3 hr's in Game 6 of the WS is why I am still a Yankees fan, I can't get it out of my blood....even though I know they cause a lot of these problems in the first place….I’ll still watch, but I still don’t like it…any of it.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:08 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I am equally disgusted. I am a CUBS fan. The greed involved? 254 MILLION to play baseball? The AVERAGE salary is 3.1 million. The Cardinals gave him a huge offer as well. Albert showed signs of slowing down too. I understand his role as a DH in his future. All I can say is contact Barry Bonds while you are out there. If you take Barry Juice like he did, you will soon own all the hitting records. Maybe he wanted a change because LaRussa retired as well. Baseball is still a TEAM game and Pujols can't pitch. 'Take me out to the ballgame"....maybe not.

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:06 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Hey Creed, I couldnt of said it better. He would of been the most popular person to ever play a sport in St. Louis. I wish him well but damn I hope he realizes what could of been.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:05 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Man the GM's have manure for brains. Giving this bum $250 mil. Anyone really expects that body to carry all that weight and be more than a .250 hitter in his mid 30's? Any fool you can buy a ticket and support these bums needs to have their head examined. Stay home and watch it on TV and watch as revenue falls and the GM begins sweating bullets. BOYCOTT THIS INSANITY! He gets paid to hit a ball 1 out of 10 times. That's worth this much? Torrii Hunter can't wait to get his deal renogiated I bet...

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:05 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Its also not just about adding the eventual home run king.  Its also about making the Angels the important team in the Los Angeles area.  They are fighting an up hill battle against the dodgers because of their history and so on.  The Angels want to take a larger piece of that pie. Much the way the White sox would like to take some market share from the Cubs and the Mets from the Yankees and so on.  The Angels landing Pujols overnight put them among the elite teams in the league.  You look at the pitching staff now with Weaver, Haren and Wilson.  the Lineup with Pujols.  Overnight they became the best team in the west and right there among the best teams in baseball.  The Pujols signing does a lot more for the Angels franchise then just the 320 avg 40 hrs and 120 rbi's he produces on an annual basis.  He brings a certain amount of prestige and credability to a team that had fallen back among the middle of the pack teams in the American league.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:04 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I could of told you that he was going to walk in the beginning of the season when he cut off contract talks. STL had there chance to pay the man, he has been under paid for years! without complaining or holding out or all the drama, he went out and just played because he figured that STL was going to take care of him on his next contract because he was scarficing what he was worth with the contract he had. now to hear the STL fans whining is sad, come on really? he gave his heart and soul to your team and was loyal to his contract and all STL org. could do was try to low ball him and then waited til another team offered a contract so they could match it. i am a person if i ask my employer for a raise because i have performed more then my duty and they say no and i find another job for more money and then they say dont leave we will match the offer, to me that is a slap in the face when you could of gave it to me when i asked for it in the first place... so to me i think pujols feels like he was being played like a sucker by STL... be happy he won you two world series!

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:55 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I would take $25.4 over $20 million any year. This isn't a video game. This is real money in the real world. And now the guy gets to live in Southern California. It is kind of a no brainer, no matter your attachment. 32 years old and getting a 10 year contract. Yes please. 

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:53 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

People forget the Angels paid a premium because in a few years, they will have the ALL TIME HOME RUN KING (clean) ON THEIR ROSTER..THIS WILL GENERATE SOME SERIOUS CASH and the Angels wil lmake many times over the $250 they gave him.....

also, Pujols said "he could help more people by making more money" ....whiich is probably true if you know the time/money/effort Pujols gives to charity....

do you know Pujols holds a NON alcoholic New Years Eve Charity ball?   well did you?

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