Angels Sign Albert Pujols

The Angels are the bridesmaid no more.  Albert Pujols signed a ten-year deal with the Angels, reports Yahoo's Tim Brown.  He receives a full no-trade clause.  Pujols decided this morning, writes Brown.  The Angels have since announced the monumental signing, which ESPN's Buster Olney says is for $254MM.  It's the second-largest contract in baseball history in terms of overall and average annual value, behind Alex Rodriguez's ten-year, $275MM deal with the Yankees four years ago.  Pujols is represented by Dan Lozano of Icon Sports Group.

PujolsPujols, 32 in January, was drafted by the Cardinals in 1999 in the 13th round and began his career with a staggering 11-year stretch.  The first baseman is the active career leader in batting average (.328) and slugging percentage (.617).  He's second among active players in career on-base percentage at .421, so Pujols certainly fits new Angels GM Jerry Dipoto's plan to improve the team's OBP.  Pujols owns a Rookie of the Year award and three MVP awards, and has ranked no worse than ninth in the MVP voting in every season of his career.  He's been extremely durable, averaging 155 games per season.  

Pujols anchors an Angels offense that ranked tenth in the American League in 2011 with 4.12 runs scored per game.  With Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo, Dipoto now has a surplus at first base, but reportedly he won't trade either.  Within an hour of the Pujols signing breaking, Dipoto completed a five-year, $77.5MM deal with free agent lefty C.J. Wilson, bringing the team's total today to $331.5MM.

The Cardinals signed Pujols to a long-term deal in 2004, which ended up being a huge bargain at $111MM over eight years.  Pujols and the Cardinals failed to find common ground on an extension in February this year, but the contract didn't seem a distraction as the team ended up winning the World Series.

The suddenly free-spending Marlins made the high bid for Pujols this offseason at ten years and $275MM, but they would not bend on their policy of avoiding full no-trade clauses.  They seemingly dropped out after signing Mark Buehrle.  The Cubs reportedly made an offer to Pujols as well.  Up until Thursday morning, the Cardinals were considered the favorite, though they reportedly topped out with a nine-year offer that was just the fourth-best he received.  Pujols could have been the next Stan Musial, but even a call from the legendary Cardinals Hall of Famer couldn't convince him to take less money to stay in St. Louis.  It's not much of a consolation prize, but the Cardinals will receive the Angels' #19 pick in the 2012 draft as well as a supplemental choice. 

With Pujols off the market, Prince Fielder is the top prize still available for teams looking to add a big bat. However, based on recent reports, the most aggressive suitors for Pujols, the Cardinals and Marlins, won't be involved in the bidding for Fielder.

 Photo courtesy of Icon SMI.


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829 Comments on "Angels Sign Albert Pujols"


maristmetsfan
3 years 8 months ago

This is surprising…

Infield Fly
3 years 8 months ago

Very! 

Still, my condolences to all Cards fans. That’s a bad blow. : (

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

As much as I would have loved for him to stay in STL this very well could end up to be the WORST CONTRACT IN SPORTS HISTORY.. Hope its not for the Angels sake but in the past years he has been limping around, slowing down, swinging off balance, hitting into double plays, and striking out. Again, I hope its not for the Angels organization but you never know.

3 years 8 months ago

steroids explain it

Alex Elith
3 years 8 months ago

The Rodriguez contract is looking pretty bad with 6 years to go and his performance already declining, injuries starting to creep in.

bravesforever
3 years 8 months ago

Wow

chemteck29
3 years 8 months ago

WOW, JUST WOW! That’s a stupid contract,…yikes!

raffish
3 years 8 months ago

Huge bummer for St. Louis, but as an M’s fan I love it!  We basically stink right now, so while Pujols is raking we get to watch him play.  And when we’re better–hopefully someday– he’ll be dragging Anaheim down.

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

NEW CARDINAL LINE UP?

Rollins
Jay
Berkman
Holiday
Beltran
Freese
Molina
Skip
Pitcher

so so lonely without Pujols

3 years 8 months ago

jon jay got traded to i think the mariners

Ferrariman
3 years 8 months ago

um when was this?? I think your thinking of Brendan Ryan.

3 years 8 months ago

wwwwooooow just wowwww the mets 1st pick in 2012 2013 2014 2015 draft im a phils fan u guys suckkkk 

MetsEventually
3 years 8 months ago

So that whole silly leg breaking celebration by Morales ain’t so bad now is it…

tellrodt
3 years 8 months ago

Haha, no kidding. Welcome to the Rays, Kendrys!

LA
3 years 8 months ago

WOW.

Scott C. Worden
3 years 8 months ago

GO ANGELS!!!!!!!

baseball52
3 years 8 months ago

Oh thank God he’s out of the division.

green_and_gold
3 years 8 months ago

Please, oh please, not the AL West. 

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

The Astros must be soiling themselves right now. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

Javens
3 years 8 months ago

I’d hardly call the AL West a tough division, even with Pujols in it. Think about what the NL East is becoming and what the AL East already is. 

Nick Sossamon
3 years 8 months ago

Well, with the Angels now having the best rotation in the AL and one of the best offensive players in the game and the Rangers being a powerhouse as well, they definitely have two very good teams. 

But yes, Oakland and Seattle are pretty much afterthoughts at this point.

Casor_Greener
3 years 8 months ago

And getting crappier with the astros coming

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 8 months ago

Wow.

slole1
3 years 8 months ago

Good for the Cubs.

Corey
3 years 8 months ago

Not really. This opens up another 20-25 mil Cards can now spend this offseason. I was hoping they would re-sign him.

chrisenvy
3 years 8 months ago

Who are they going to spend that on?

rayking
3 years 8 months ago

Rollins

3 years 8 months ago

great replacement for pujols.

rayking
3 years 8 months ago

They’re not going to replace Pujols, obviously. But they’re getting Wainwright back and now can increase Craig’s ABs, so despite losing Albert this offseason, there’s less of an overall team dropoff than it would seem.

3 years 8 months ago

Craig just had knee surgery and is out 6- 8 months

rayking
3 years 8 months ago

He’s still going to end up getting more ABs relative to last season.

3 years 8 months ago

4-6 months

3 years 8 months ago

Doubt it. Sounds like he’s going back to Philly

Redbirds16
3 years 8 months ago

pass. I think they pocket the cash, unless they can sign Furcal on a reasonable deal. Nothing very inspiring out there. 

Vossome93
3 years 8 months ago

Yadier Molina. Entering walk year.

rayking
3 years 8 months ago

Good call, extensions for the in-house guys. Stltoday mentions Mike Gonzalez and Beltran as free agent possibilities if the Cards do spend there, however.

SteveFromNorfolk
3 years 8 months ago

Fielder. HR power, 1st base replacement, less years.

Corey
3 years 8 months ago

Not really. This opens up another 20-25 mil Cards can now spend this offseason. I was hoping they would re-sign him.

Kayrall
3 years 8 months ago

Wouldn’t you rather he stay in the division?  It makes baseball much more fun. 

(I’m a Cubs fan)

rundmc1981
3 years 8 months ago

Why? One less excuse they have not winning?

Grant Michalski
3 years 8 months ago

Because Pujols isn’t gonna be worth $25 mil/year for many more years…

sharenski
3 years 8 months ago

WOWOWOWOWOW

vincentjulian
3 years 8 months ago

Holy Balls! Out of nowhere!

Also does that mean Trumbo and Morales are available?

mwagner26
3 years 8 months ago

I lol’d.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

Looks like Pujols lied.

Good move for the Cardinals.  No way they could sign a deal like this and compete long term. 

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

What did he lie about? He never said he’s going back to St. Louis. That was all just speculation right after the Marlins were out.

I could be wrong, maybe he did lie about something though lol.

Redsoxn8tion
3 years 8 months ago

Did he pull a Johnny Damon?

tellrodt
3 years 8 months ago

Hey, Johnny told the Sox he had a big offer and they chose not to believe him. It wasn’t his fault. But, to answer your question, he probably DID do that lol.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

Have you read Damon’s book? In that book, he said he would NEVER play for the Yankees…2 seasons later…

Money changes everything and everyone.

3 years 8 months ago

i agree long term they are better off, in a baseball sense, from not making that deal, as much as hurts right now.

LA
3 years 8 months ago

AA get on Trumbo or Morales…ASAP

jjs91
3 years 8 months ago

Trumbo obp would fit right in the jays lineup

LA
3 years 8 months ago

haha yup, His homerun power also fits in with the Jays.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

He’s basically JP arencibia with no defensive value

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

He’s also getting paid league minimum like Arencibia. Honestly, I think he’d be a smart move for the Jays.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

he’s in no way an upgrade over adam lind or encarnacion.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, somehow I managed to block out his horrible OBP. Nevermind that.

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

No matter the HR power, it’s not good baseball to get on base less than three out of ten times.

jjs91
3 years 8 months ago

Trumbo obp would fit right in the jays lineup

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 8 months ago

Trumbo would be sideways move for TOR in terms of talent.
They made mistake with Lind and he’s got high negative trade value
So to pay Lind to go away and then trade talent to halos to get a 2year younger version of Lind would seem the opposite of the “evil genius” meme perpetuated about toronto’s gm.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 Trumbo is Adam Lind, essentially.

Jeff
3 years 8 months ago

It’s crazy and might not work, but I think the Braves should take a flier on Morales, and either stick him in LF, or move Freddie Freeman to Left as the next Ryan Klesko. 

Maybe Morales+Aybar for Jurrjens?

Prado would have to be kept if this happens, but I’m perfectly fine with Prado as super-utility guy, and with chipper/morales/heyward, he’ll get his ABs in easily.

Jeff
3 years 8 months ago

It’s crazy and might not work, but I think the Braves should take a flier on Morales, and either stick him in LF, or move Freddie Freeman to Left as the next Ryan Klesko. 

Maybe Morales+Aybar for Jurrjens?

Prado would have to be kept if this happens, but I’m perfectly fine with Prado as super-utility guy, and with chipper/morales/heyward, he’ll get his ABs in easily.

tfsmag
3 years 8 months ago

What! Holy crap hahaha

Sniderlover
3 years 8 months ago

 Wait WHAT!!?!?!?

3 years 8 months ago

wow……..

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Disqus is going to have a heart attack!

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 8 months ago

So are the Cardinal fans.

Kayrall
3 years 8 months ago

If this is true, as a Cubs fan, I’m sad to not be able to see Albert play about 16 games a year. :(

inleylandwetrust
3 years 8 months ago

WHAT?!?!

tfsmag
3 years 8 months ago

Makes sense he ends up in the AL though. Probably full time DH by 40

Corey
3 years 8 months ago

And a day or 2 a week at DH in the meantime.

Corey
3 years 8 months ago

And a day or 2 a week at DH in the meantime.

Marky Mark
3 years 8 months ago

agreed completely, when hes 40 he can just handle hitting, and im sure he’ll still be pretty successful at it