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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: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:05 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

All you Cardinal fans that are mad at Pujols should just shut up and stop crying. The management never took care of him like they should have. He only had one year that his salary was in the top 20 highest paid. IS THAT HOW YOU TREAT ONE OF THE BEST ALL TIME ?
That does have an effect on how someone feels about respect from his employer. At least he was professional, and never let any of that effect his game play.
Turn your anger towards the Cardinals management for not respecting him more and waiting to the last minute in a gamble to save money.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:00 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Another Star takes a notch out of sports.  He came across like an honorable man, living up to the below what he's worth in today's market contract he signed years ago, great, looked and walked the walk of a man that was a life time Card and join that special grgoup of stars that know only one uniform.  AHHH but then the Angels walk in and offer more money, does he decline it, he!! no, take bat, ball, and glove, oh and don't forget your wallet Albert and go to CA.  When you're making $20+ million dollars a year what does a $3 million dollar raise do, I mean really, for $3 million dollars.  What a joke.  You fooled us all Albert, money, money, money, baseball.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:58 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Funny that you made fun of other people's posts as if your some english major. Well, you probably are in NY...

Being the BEST baseball town has nothing to do with how many teams are in your town idiot. If has EVERYTHING to do with being a fan for life, yes even in the bad years. Something NY fans know nothing about... 

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:49 am
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Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:46 am
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Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:34 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Albert pulled a Jose Reyes. I'm happy for the Mets organization and I certainly don't blame the Cardinals organization. Go in peace Jose and Albert. The Mets and Cardinals will do just fine next year. Now we can finally move forward in St. Louis. A giant weight has been lifted off the diamond and Mike Matheny will have a great team to begin his new coaching career. Good luck to Mike and Bobby Valentine. They could prove to everyone that money isn't everything. Chemistry, heart and balance wins championships and that doesn't cost anything.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:34 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I caught that as soon as I typed it. I knew I'd get called out

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:26 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I don't understand it all I'm sure, but it sounds like a ego thing. If you can't get by on 220 million you don't have a prayer getting by on 254 million. Good luck albert thanks for what you done as a redbird.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:09 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

being a cards fan i am greatful for what pujols gave us and sad to see him go, but now we must move on, i wish he would have done it sooner so we could go after some other players, i do think that he went to the AL for the reason of the DH, he will probably break all the records now, good luck albert, we will miss you.

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:07 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Who did Holliday have hitting in front of him in Colorado?  Also, he just had a bunch of injuries this year, that doesn't mean he will be out for a while this year.  Players who hit well don't just become awful because someone on the team leaves

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