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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 20, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:19 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Congrats to Arte Moreno and the Angels!! The club picked up two great free agents today and have a great chance to win next season. They now have one of the top rotations in MLB and picked up the big bat they needed to score some runs. Hopefully this will be the year they can bring a title back to Anaheim!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:27 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels


Think any player would do that now (even if the PA would allow it).  A 25 % pay cut!

That's the thing people are missing here, the union plays a huge part in things like this.  Albert Pujols is not your typical player or athlete or even your typical superstar.  His numbers overall for his years in St Louis are second to none and he's a first ballot hall of famer if he was to retire today.   The union's job and his agents job is to be in his ear and make sure he takes the best deal possible combined with the best possible location .  He can't turn down an extra 30 or 35 million dollars to stay in St Louis as easily as people think he can.... it doesn't work that way.  Less money for Pujols means less for everybody else all the way down the line.  More money for Pujols means more money for every other player down the line... and more money for agents,,,, and more security for players and more profit for the union.    

The Cards had a chance 2 years ago before Pujols became a 10-5 player to either sign him long term or trade him for a whopping package of unbelievable players and prospects.  Teams would have lined up to acquire his services with 2 years left on his deal with time to convince him to sign an extension.  But they didn't sign or trade him and they let him become a 10-5 player which meant either they sign him or they lose him unless he would agree to a trade which he never would have agreed to, he would have vetoed a trade.

So finally last year as Pujols was now a 10-5 guy he asked for 300 million for 10 years.  The Cards countered with 200 for 9 or something like that.  I'm willing to bet if the Cards would have offered him 250 million a year ago and quietly let it leak to the Cards fan base, Pujols would have grabbed the 250 million and none of this would have happened.

The Cards waited until the very last second.... they gambled and they lost.

Everybody needs to move on.  Pujols did everything he could in St Louis, he played the best any player can play, helped the win 2 world series and helped the Cards get to the playoffs a few times.  He became a free agent and was allowed to do whatever he wanted to do...  and that's what he did.  He doesn't owe anybody anything.....  no explanations necessary.

Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:07 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

the term spic is not used enough.  thanks for bringing humor to this honkey and all negroes out there who vow to be offended by words.  let's bring back some humor to the world.  we all suck, we all die, al's on roids or hgh and who the fukk cares?

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:43 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Being a lifelong Angels fan I am loving Pujols even more now that I heard he turned down a bigger offer from the Marlins because he said he didn't want to play for Ozzie Guillen.  Great move Pujols, the Marlins aren't going anywhere with that loud mouth spic making horrible pitching moves and putting in the wrong lineup everyday.   

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:23 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

A lot of people may know what team I root for and my reason for being happy Pujols is out of the NL. If not, hey I'm Dangurous and I'm a Brewers fan. Every year, in every sport, a team or two goes big to attempt a title run. This year, the Angels have a couple other questions left but clearly their Winter Meeting deals are huge news. I definitely hope it means a lot of wins against the American League, and the opposite kind of luck that the Eagles had this year with their open wallet theories.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:16 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I'm a little surprised he left the cards, i thought he was just exploring FA to make St. louis match a top offer and maybe he gave them a chance too. I've heard several posters saying he wanted to play in the AL so he can DH part time now and most likely full time if he's still around at the end of this contract. He's a beast and will enjoy playing in the AL and make a sensible choice to increase his career stats with the DH and less pitching around him in the AL too. I just wonder if this will work out about like A-Rod and Texas did on his first contract, the Angels aren't the Yankees and we'll see how this effects the 25 man roster down the road.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:15 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

now i know how cleveland felt...u had a chance to go down in baseball lore has the greatest cardinal ever. but that is all ruined now. the only reason u didnt go to florida is bc u are too much of a coward to face the cardinals once every few weeks. u lied and led us all on that u were resigning. u broke the hearts of hundreds of kids acoss st. louis and bolted like a thief in the night. ive lost all respect for u albert pujols and i officialy put a curse on u....may your batting average, rbi's, and home-runs decline more year after year. angels u are a fool to offer a contract insane as this. we see your true colors albert pujols...dont let the door hit u in the ASS!

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:11 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Haryy Poppins:

In my time skipping around, your comments here are THE most impressive, level-headed, intelligent ones I think I have ever seen in a post.  I am a Yankees fan, but I do believe that St. Louis is THE best "baseball town" in America.  Your perspective here is SO on the money.

Sir Albert's choice is a business one.  In my opinion, consistent with yours, it invalidates any claims that he may have implicitly or explicitly made that it "wasn't about the money".

Like recent "icons" Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter, there was an opportunity here to see some "throw-back" - a first-ballot Hall-Of-Famer who played his whole career with one team and who was a class act all the way (yeah I'm making an assumption with Jeter that he retires a Yankee, but I think it's a somewhat safe one).

I may be "old school", but I regret this event; but hey - such is life and the baseball world in the 21st century.

I wish Albert well; hope he maintains a positive posture and more-so - hope he can maintain his performance level - after all, this is an opportunity for real baseball fans to see an historic career unfold.

Still, for whatever his achievements end up being, it would have been sweet to see it all go down as a St. Louis Cardinal. 

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:14 pm

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Without knowing the full details of the various contract offers, I'm not necessarily going to bash Pujols for abandoning St. Louis, but more than a couple of things stand out, making me wonder a little about some of Pujols' comments in the recent past about it not being about the money and his wanting to remain a Cardinal for life.  Yes, the Angels off is probably worth 20% or more than what the Cardinals offered and I don't go along with those who bring in the taxes issue and/or the cost of living in Los Angeles issue.  When you're making as much money as he is, the cost of living is a mute point and if taxes are really an issue, you establish residency in an income tax free state (there are several) and have your contract written so that the majority of your salary is paid during the period of time you are residing in that income tax free state.

What somewhat bothers me are a few simple facts that have to do with loyalty and character.  Namely Pujols loyalty and character.  Pujols played high school and community college baseball in Missouri, where he met his wife. He spent his entire professional career with the Cardinals, who rewarded him by upping his salary in each of his first three seasons when they didn't have to, giving him a seven-year, $100-million deal three years before he was eligible for free agency.  Fans in St. Louis rewarded him by supporting his restaurant and numerous charitable endeavors.  His endorsement income exceeded 7 million a year and very seldom, if ever, did he ever have his privacy disturbed. 

St. Louis is the greatest baseball town on the planet, they'll miss him, they'll wish him well and only a very few will feel the need to hope he fails in Anaheim.  Cardinal fans will forever appreciate his contributions and if they do hold a grudge, it won't be publicized and it won't be for long.  The Cardinals will do just fine, they'll adjust to life after Albert, they'll compete year after year for the championship and in a short period of time the names of Allen Craig, Matt Adams and others will replace Albert Pujols in the headlines.

Albert will help the Angels immensly.  For how long?  Who knows?  But one thing Albert will never experience again is the treatment he received in St. Louis, from the fans, from the entire community, from the press and from the Cardinal organization and only he can detemine if the extra money is worth it. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:35 pm

"your just an idiot plain and simple"

Yet I know the difference between the second person possessive and a contraction.

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