Albert Pujols Signs With Angels – After a couple days of the Miami Marlins trying to lure slugger Albert Pujols away from the St. Louis Cardinals, a surprise team in the Los Angeles Angels stepped in to sign him to a 10 year 250 million dollar deal with a full no trade clause.
In their quest to retain their offensive centerpiece, the Cardinals’ modified their proposal which was believed to be worth a potential $220 million for up to 10 years; however, only nine years are guaranteed, according to a source familiar with the bid.
Many thought the career long Cardinal 3rd basemen turned 1st basemen would become a lifetime Cardinal and their was no way he would leave the team. Now the team and fans have been dealt a crushing loss.
The Angels had long been considered a viable contender for Pujols’ services, but a series of bloated contracts, including that of outfielder Vernon Wells, was thought to have compromised their payroll flexibility and hampering the chances of improving to a contender. Wednesday’s entry would appear to refute that perception.
Albert Pujols won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2001, and has since been selected as an All-Star nine times, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award three times. He has also twice won the National League Hank Aaron Award, and has two World Series rings from the Cardinals’ 2006 and 2011 titles.
At the end of the 2011 season, he led all active players in batting average (.328), slugging percentage (.617), and OPS (1.037), and ranked 37th in number of home runs in Major League Baseball history. He was selected by ESPN.com as the greatest player of the decade from 2000–09.
Now not only with the acquisition of this generations greatest hitter to improve their lineup, the Angels have just signed the best free agent starting pitcher available in CJ Wilson to a 5 year 77 million dollar contract, erasing doubts as contender and turned into the favorite in the American League.