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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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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:32 am
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Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:31 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

That is it. as Cardinal Fans we had one of the Greatest Baseball Players in History on our Team. Its over and we have to move on. We need help at SS and a Outfielder that can hit Big. Its all about winning World Series and we have a bunch and why cant we get a bunch more. I like our starting pitching. We need two bats in Lineup and now we have the money to do it. Beltran sounds good. We need that help at SS and to solidfy our  Pen. We have the Cash now lets make the right moves and get another World Series



Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:30 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

That is what I was saying about Kevin Brown.  When he was givin the 100 million it should of stopped there, but the union was not going to let it happen!



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:30 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

That is it. as Cardinal Fans we had one of the Greatest Baseball Players in History on our Team. Its over and we have to move on. We need help at SS and a Outfielder that can hit Big. Its all about winning World Series and we have a bunch and why cant we get a bunch more. I like our starting pitching. We need two bats in Lineup and now we have the money to do it. Beltran sounds good. We need that help at SS and to solidfy our  Pen. We have the Cash now lets make the right moves and get another World Series


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:28 am
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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:27 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Big talk from an idiot through a computer!!  Are you MAD because you don't get the point that I was trying to make!  This whole thing is over greed from the unions to agents.  There is no way they were ever going to let Pujols stay in St. Louis for less money, it would of de-valued everyone else's future contracts.  Do you understand what I am now saying!!  Go cry to your mommy and get a life!



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:26 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

every single one of you would have taken the money just like sir albert.  if you say you wouldn't then you lie.  if someone offered you all a job makeing 25 mil would you tell them no i'm staying here for less? 

if someone offered you twice as much money as you currently make to do the exact same job, would any of you tools tell them no cause its unfair to your current employer who can't afford to match the offer?   HELL NO YOU WOULDN'T SO STFU ABOUT IT ALREADY!!!!

and in defens eof the guy below... attacking someone for spelling and typo's just signals that you lost the discussion and your sending the punting team on the field.  when you type fas as I know i do on these things you make mistakes sometimes and i don't have the time to cut and past what i type into word to spell check or proof read for paragraph form.   



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:25 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

These foolish owners are to blame for these outrageous contracts. Always trying to outbid the next guy for a player.
BUT, if we the fans didn't keep paying the prices that the owners keep raising for gettin these millionaires,  They wouldn't do it. 
Also, it probably would be a good idea to place a salary cap on baseball.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:22 am
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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:18 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I am card and indians fan and no I am not mad, I am happy we did not invest our future in one player.  Yes Edgar was the best ever DH, but you summed it up when you said makes more than an entire team!! You idiot, that is the problem with baseball!!!!!  I live in a world of f*$king idiots!!!!  I will take any bet you want on the table, when a team has to now beat texas, then probably go through boston or ny to get to the ws, yes I like the cards chances of winning again before LA!  Like I said IDIOT!


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