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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 10:05 am
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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:00 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

You should shut up and open your eyes to the greed of baseball!!  If baseball would of stepped to the plate when Kevin Brown went to LA for 100 million, we would not even be talking about 200 million dollar contracts.  I say that if Pujols was as loyal to the cards as they say he was what really is the difference between 210 million and 250 million?  He will never spend it all in his life!!  So he has shown that money means more than baseball.  He will be done in five years anyway and that is why he jumped to the american league.  He is the next Eger Martinez of baseball!  Is that really worth risking your entire franchise?  I bet cards win another one before LA even gets close!! 



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:57 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I guess if it's more about the money then respect My2Sense,  I'll pay you 100 bucks to lick dog crap off my shoe.




Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:55 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Folks,

Your is not the same thing as you are. "Your" is something that belongs to you. "You're" is "you are" or "you were."

 
Their is not the same thing as there. "Their" belongs to them and "there" is where they are.

If the bashing about the use of the language would contain something resembling 8th grade grammar, I would be impressed with it.

Hint: It is (it's) not too (NOT the same as to) late to change.

Otherwise, I usually can understand what you're all writing about, so moving on ... I recommend you stay on topic if you aren't completely qualified to attack somebody's bad grammar.










Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:43 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Folks there's no a baseball player out there who wouldn't take the money. It's a business and always has been, and therefore it is ugly. We want baseball (and all major sports) to be something that it's not. We hope above all hope that it can be pure. We want it so bad that we often overlook ugly truths (throwing the world series and steroid use) to try and keep it pure in our minds. Yet, no matter how horrible it appears to be we continue to try and steer our youngsters in that direction in hopes that they may possess the gift...and for what...FAME AND FORTUNE.



Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:42 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Dude, what planet do you live on?  DISRESPECT to a PLAYER making millions?  Please.  Albert got along fine.  I'd say good riddance and time to move on.



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:20 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

THATS GOTTA BE THE BIGGEST BUNCH OF CRAP IVE EVER READ ON HERE,,,,,,,,,,NEXT TO ANYTHING DODD OR DOYLE WRITES ANYWAYS.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:16 am
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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:10 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Pujols already gave the Cardinals a hometown discount his last contract, they owed it to him to PONY UP...they didnt, he felt disrespected, and his closest friend Larussa already left...it was an easy decision for him...

it wasnt about the money people, it was about respect!

The cardinals organization lost the best righthanded hitter ever because they disrecpected him....


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