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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 7:59 am
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Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:40 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

It made little sense for Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. to offer a 10-year contract to Pujols, but he did it anyway. If Pujols' true goal was to be a lifetime Cardinal, the franchise gave him that chance. He declined."
That sums it up. Pujols simply could not stay here at his price tag. Knew he would be declining in productivity, knew He wouldn't get the DH here in the NL, knew his contract would contract the talent base of this org for the last 5 years of the deal. 
Cards knew this, too. Long ago. They knew he wouldn't (couldn't) sign for hometown crackers. They signed Holiday for this reason. He's the Big Stick of the team now, (and I think he'll play better because of it.)
Of course, he COULD have signed for a shorter term contract; one that would let him wet his beak, and then extend for less money after 5 years. THAT





Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:16 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I hope he does his knee the first week of spring training, ungreatful, greedy &*%(*.


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Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:14 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

A quater of a billion dollars for 10 years, at 31 a 10 year deal seems like too much time...even if he is at the top of the game now, I doubt he will play at the same level towards the end of the deal, yet they are still going to be giving 25 million/per year, even if he's a shell of his former self.  I think 10 years is way to long to sign a 31 year old player.  I hate to see him leave St Louis, but I don't blame him for leaving 30million more, is a sum that almost no one could pass up,  too bad St Louis could pony up to the table and retain their biggest star.



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:35 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

I agree with you in theory, but it is a big difference between providing for your current family than providing for your great, great, great, great granchildren.  Pujols could walk away from the game right now, buy his own island, never work another day in his life, and still give his children a good deal of inheritence. 

I agree few people would not jump at the chance to move from 100k to 114k, but there is a point where the money really does not matter.  220 million to 250 million is probably thet point. 

That being said I do not fault Pujols for taking more money in a better market.  I just think their is lttle corilation between comparing millions to thousands.  It is a poor arguement that gets made on this forum all the time.



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:27 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

Redwings, the Cardinals last ditch effort was not $250 million for 10 years.  They offered $220 million for 10 years.  They were not able to spend that type of money in their market. So, why would they have offered Pujols that type of money 1-2 years ago.  They were not able to avoid this in any way possible without letting go of other key pieces when contracts run out. They probably couldnt even afford the $220 they offered, but wanted to keep Pujols and hoped he would be willing to take a bit less for ahome town discount. 

If Pujols wanted to play for the Cardinals and take less money he would have been signed with them and not the Angels.  He truned down a bigger deal from Miami and before you say Miami is not a big market, they have made themselves that way.  So, far they have signed Reyes, Burele, and Bell.  Adding those players to a team that includes Johnson as their ace and two young up and coming players in Stanton and Morrison they are a team that will be in the hunt for years to come. If the Union and his agents really had their say he would have been in Miami a city making a splash in multiple sports. 

Marlins line up with Pujols:
SS Jose Reyes, CF Emilio Bonifacio, 3B Hanley Ramirez, 1B Pujols, RF Mike Stanton, LF Logan Morrison, 2B Omar Infante, C John Buck and the pitcher. Without him they will still be really good with 3 .300 plus hitters and a possible 40HR clean-up, but with Pujols they would have had one of the best line ups in baseball if not the best.

If Pujols really wanted to be looke at as the unquestionable best ever wouldt it have made sense to sign with the Marlins for more money and hit behind three potential .300 hitters. 

With contract getting as big as they are I think players will start taking less money more often to stay with a team they love or go to a team they prefer (like Pujos did).  Pujols wanted the respect he thought he needed by becoming one of the highest paid ever than to play with a team he came up with for less money and I have no problem with that.  The union and his agent do have some control, but to suggest they contoled everything is just stupid.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:22 am
 

Pujols stuns baseball, signs with Angels

O... just letting you know that your rival company just offered you a 14% pay raise.  Let me know wat u do u greedy sellout.  Were all greedy.  We all want the most we can so shut the f#$& up 


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