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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: May 6, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:30 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

yea but that is how baseball have to pay the superstars when they arent quite superstars anymore....

pujols, arod, jeter, basically anyone now that is a star-there next contract...manny ramirez 2yr 50M deal, zito still gettin paid off one year....soriana, v.wells, anyone the yankees sign, crawford prob gonna be awful deal, reyes will be awful deal....its backwards in dont get paid when you are a stud....then you get really really paid when you are at ur peak or past your peak already...

still this is shocking and awesome news...and im not an angels/pujols fan either...just like when big name guys switch teams sometimes...

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:29 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

As a Brewer fan I am the happiest person on Earth!!!  Go Crew in 2012 and beyond!!!

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:29 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

as a cardinals fan I wish him well.  this is baseball.  i have nothing but good feelings about this cardinal legend and I hope he continues his charitable work in california.  the cardinals will move on and do well. 
those cardinal fans who respond with anger and rude words do not represent the core of cardinal fans. 
I just want to move Freese to first and sign Aramis Ramirez.   Please pass on this idea in hopes the cardinal ownership hears it. 
Aram has plenty left. 

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:28 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Albert had a great team, and I will always appreciate his contribution to the Cardinals. But I do lose a little respect for him here. He could have had a loving fan base for the rest of his life, but he chose (which obviously was his agent's influence) to take the most he could get). I know that's the mindset of a lot of high profile baseball players, but I would have thought that his unveiling of a statue in St. Louis, along with his iconic role would have swayed him back to the Cardinals. 

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:27 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Kendry, Trumbo and Albert...something has to give.
Trumbo moves to third and Kendry will DH can be the only explaination not involving a trade.

Nice work for the Halos.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:27 am


Let the angry Cardinal fans roll in with comments of "he's going to be old", "what a bad contract" as all the armchair GM's come out of the woodwork. 

FACT: you just lost the best player in baseball who never really felt any loyalty. LaRussa gone, pujols gone..... I hope you enjoyed your world series, cards fan. It's gonna be a while before the next one. 

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:26 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Money Talks. Can't blame him. He cant do any better in St Louis than he already has.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:26 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

This sucks.  Is there no way for the Astros to get away from this guy?  I doubt that ball he hit in game 6 of the playoffs has come down yet.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:26 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

St Louis both appreciates and will miss Albert Pujols dearly.  That being said, as a St. Louis Cardinals fan I am happy that our team is not spending that much money of tens years.  Clearly Albert is one of the best ever, but that amount over that time span can cripple a team's future. Good Luck Albert.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:22 am

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Great player and a short-term public relations bonanza for the Angels but over the long run? A lousy deal.  Albert's got 3-4 more years max at his current level -  if he can stay healthy. 
Then the Angels get to keep paying him $25 mil for the next six years. That
’s simply too much to pay for the back side of a player’s career. Even a player as great as Pujols.  (Exhibit A: Rodriguez, Alex)

The only possible caveat? If Pujols can lead the Halos to multiple championships.

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