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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: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:51 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Hey GOOBER, get off of the 120 game comment do you not get that it was said for a reason.  I forgot you did say you were a little slow.  Over pay and not win, or pay good enough to win.  I will take win.  We got the best years out of him and that is fine and yes I know that there will never be a salary cap, if it was going to happen it should of happend years ago.  I guess that you do not understand that if Pujols would have stayed for less what that would of meant to the rest of baseball.  I guess you will never know since your yanks pay to win, that is why you think paying more for players is ok.  Good luck with your pathetic life and go suck on your own goober!!


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:32 am
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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:24 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Just asking, I figured that and you will probably win a WS before LA will.<br />




Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:22 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Like I said earlier, but you seem a little slow so I will explain it again.  Baseball should of stepped in when Kevin Brown got his $105 million, seven year deal in 1998 and we would not even be talking about this!  That opened the door to large contracts and it is baseball and the owners fault for letting it continue! The eventual salary cap statement was about if Pujols stepped up and said I will play for less and stay home in st. louis. It may of not created a salary cap, but would have had an affect on future contracts.  Do you understand the point.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:18 am
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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:16 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Jets for football, who for baseball?<br />



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:16 am
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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:15 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

It is clear you are the moron and have no since of humor and you still have not said who your team is?


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:12 am
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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:11 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Again, you do not get the point, my name is not Jimmy, so I was just asking. If you want to respond say my user name or something like that.


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