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Sources: Sources: Albert Pujols, Angels agree
ESPN.com ^ | Thursday December 8, 2011 | ESPN

Posted on 12/08/2011 7:45:40 AM PST by jpl

DALLAS -- Albert Pujols has agreed to a 10-year, $250 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Thursday.

The deal includes a full no-trade clause, which Pujols had been seeking and may have been a sticking point in his negotiations with the Miami Marlins.

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Wow, this is incredible. I think the Angels gave him way too much, but there's no denying that he's still a great player, and this is a huge addition for them.
1 posted on 12/08/2011 7:45:46 AM PST by jpl
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To: jpl

The Rangers are screwed.


2 posted on 12/08/2011 7:48:25 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: jpl

What´s bamy say about this?


3 posted on 12/08/2011 7:49:41 AM PST by onedoug (lf)
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To: jpl

The world is now upside down.


4 posted on 12/08/2011 7:49:59 AM PST by brewcrew (Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid. --John Wayne)
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To: who knows what evil?; jpl; Impy

WHOA!!! WOW!!!

It does make sense in that he can DH in the AL. I’m suspicious that he’s “31” yers old...same as I don’t believe David Ortiz is only “36”.

Good luck to him. And it does suck for the Rangers.


5 posted on 12/08/2011 7:51:35 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (And who doesn't have baggage?)
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To: jpl
Its nice to have an owner who will pay WHATEVER to win.

AP is still a feared hitter, and will have several more strong years, but he is no longer the hands down, best in the game.

The Angels GROSSLY overpaid for his services, but I guess like other cash rich teams, they can afford to be hideously inefficient with their payrolls. That is great for the fans in those cities, but a huge black mark on the overall fairness of constructing MLB rosters.

Anyway, good for my Cardinals. With the huge savings going forward, on a contract for a player whose performance is already in decline, they have a lot more latitude to make the World Champions even better.

6 posted on 12/08/2011 7:52:14 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: jpl

One percenter! Unfair! Income inequality!


7 posted on 12/08/2011 7:54:13 AM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: jpl

Good! I’m a Nats fan nad have gotten sick watching the Marlins snatching everyone up...they got Reyes and Buerle...I’d be sick if they got Pujols too. They’ll probably get Fielder if he’s really available though.


8 posted on 12/08/2011 7:56:39 AM PST by pgkdan ("Make what Americans buy, Buy what Americans make, and sell it to the world" Perry 2012)
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To: jpl

Thus begins the decline of Albert Pujols. He was a great player.


9 posted on 12/08/2011 8:06:15 AM PST by refreshed
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To: jpl

Sienfeld had a right when he said pro sports fans root for laundry.


10 posted on 12/08/2011 8:14:46 AM PST by AU72
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To: jpl

Always about the money. Hope he enjoys the bigger tax bill in CA.

But if he is thinking that after he retires that he will be welcomed back and treated the way Cardinal Nation treats players like Stan, Gibby and Lou he is dead wrong.

Frankly I really didn’t care if he stayed or not...just as long as the Cubs didn’t get him.


11 posted on 12/08/2011 8:18:55 AM PST by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57 -- 6-22-02)
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To: jpl

There Is No Joy in Mudville....er, St. Louis...


12 posted on 12/08/2011 8:19:51 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: who knows what evil?

Texas doesn’t need another huge, long term contract,esp at FB. They’ve learned that lesson, there, and this is one position you can skimp on. I happened to think Moreland can develop at the plate. He had an operation to remove a bone which should help his hitting.

Besides, Angels need pitching more than a slugger and good FB guy. Texas adds another strong rotation guy and they will win the Div once again. Who else scares anyone in the Angels batting order? They will rue the day they didn’t allocate big money for their pitching staff.


13 posted on 12/08/2011 8:20:35 AM PST by Dysart
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To: jpl
..if true

WOOHOO!


14 posted on 12/08/2011 8:20:40 AM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Explorer89
One percenter! Unfair! Income inequality!

I am a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, and We Are The 99%. The Angels need to give us Albert but continue to pay his salary, to make it FAIR!


15 posted on 12/08/2011 8:21:24 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: EyeGuy
Anyway, good for my Cardinals. With the huge savings going forward, on a contract for a player whose performance is already in decline, they have a lot more latitude to make the World Champions even better.

I agree with you. The Cards will miss him this year, but in the long run, this gives them far more flexibility with their roster. Looking forward to seeing Albert at Progressive Field in Cleveland when the Angels play the Tribe.

16 posted on 12/08/2011 8:22:04 AM PST by IndyTiger
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To: CARDINALRULES

Fielder to the Cards then?


17 posted on 12/08/2011 8:22:34 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (And who doesn't have baggage?)
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To: Dysart

Washington can always issue an intentional pass every time Pujols comes to the plate...unless the bases are loaded, of course. :-)


18 posted on 12/08/2011 8:22:50 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
“There Is No Joy in Mudville....er, St. Louis...”

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Among informed baseball fans, there certainly IS. You and relief actually.

Grossly overpaying for talent is a long-term losing proposition, except for a few select teams who can afford to be wasteful.

Cardinals’ fans are looking forward to efficient deployment of the huge financial resources saved by not signing an already declining AP.

19 posted on 12/08/2011 8:32:04 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: jpl

That’s a head-spinning contract! On the other hand, it is in California, so how much of that loot will go into State coffers?


20 posted on 12/08/2011 8:33:58 AM PST by jimmygrace
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To: EyeGuy

“You” s/b “Joy”

Sheesh!


21 posted on 12/08/2011 8:37:42 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: GOPsterinMA

NO!


22 posted on 12/08/2011 8:37:54 AM PST by refreshed
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To: jpl

Good riddance Albert! We offered him a nine year at $220M with an option for year ten. This guy is making the biggest mistake of his career. He was worshipped here in STL. He will banged up in five years and probably took the deal so he could finish his career as a DL.

Thanks Albert, you just allowed us a WHOLE bunch of room to get a shortstop, relievers and naturally your replacement.

I was duck hunting with a guy last weekend that installed his swimming pool. Said that him and his wife treated the crew like crap, wasn’t friendly at all and said his kid’s were not allowed to play with the neighborhood kids.


23 posted on 12/08/2011 8:38:11 AM PST by mmanager
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To: jimmygrace

I wonder if he even considered that. I’m assuming his agent gets a cut of the total contract and so pushed for as high a number as possible not taking into consideration the much, much higher taxes of California.


24 posted on 12/08/2011 8:40:21 AM PST by refreshed
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To: GOPsterinMA

“Fielder to the Cards then?”

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Nope.

Lance Berkmann to 1B, and emerging slugger, and World Series Hero Supporting Actor Allen Craig to RF.


25 posted on 12/08/2011 8:40:30 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy

Rumor here in Cleveland is that Tribe closer Chris Perez will now go to the Angels for 1B Kendry Morales.


26 posted on 12/08/2011 8:43:07 AM PST by IndyTiger
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To: Buckeye McFrog

So, let me get this straight.
(1) We get 11 years of Hall-of-Fame production for a total of about $112 million, and the Angels get 10 years of declining production for $250 million?
(2) We get to find out that, for Pujols, it really WAS just about the money? We always wondered what his motivation was... and now we know.
(3) Instead of crippling our payroll, we now get to invest the money in other needed areas (SS, 2B, OF, bullpen)>
...
I’m doing cartwheels of joy over here. Buh-bye, Albert. Don’t let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya.


27 posted on 12/08/2011 8:44:50 AM PST by Currentriverrat (People are calling our President the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, that's not allowed is it?)
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To: Currentriverrat

ya know....till just a few seconds ago I thought that Barry Bonds ever showing his face on the streets of Pittsburgh again would produce the most brutal sports reunion in history.

But you St. Louis people have just forced me to rethink that.


28 posted on 12/08/2011 8:47:13 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: GOPsterinMA
Definitely not good for the Rangers, but not a death blow to the Division title.

Now if the Angels get Wilson or more pitching, then they will have the better team, at least on paper.

TB

29 posted on 12/08/2011 8:49:29 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: who knows what evil?
The Rangers are screwed.

Not really...however, CJ Wilson is screwed.

30 posted on 12/08/2011 8:52:54 AM PST by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: IndyTiger

“Rumor here in Cleveland is that Tribe closer Chris Perez will now go to the Angels for 1B Kendry Morales.”

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Sounds logical, though I thought Perez (also a Cardinals farm product, BTW), was firmly entrenched as the Indians closer


31 posted on 12/08/2011 8:53:06 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy
“Rumor here in Cleveland is that Tribe closer Chris Perez will now go to the Angels for 1B Kendry Morales.” ####

Sounds logical, though I thought Perez (also a Cardinals farm product, BTW), was firmly entrenched as the Indians closer."


As a Tribe fan this made me snicker. The Indians are looking to cut payroll so the only thing that is "Entrenched" is their race for last in their division.
32 posted on 12/08/2011 9:00:25 AM PST by j_k_l
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To: who knows what evil?; y'all

Angels just acquired CJ Wilson. As a Rangers fan: good riddance, pretty boy. (Hope Angels’ clubhouse has a full length mirror and a gold-plated throne in their clubhouse or there’s gonna be trouble.) haha


33 posted on 12/08/2011 9:06:18 AM PST by Dysart
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To: mmanager

Pujols has never exactly struck me as being the overly friendly type. The guy hardly ever says a word to anyone. I’m pretty sure he’s going back to the Dominican Republican after his career is over.


34 posted on 12/08/2011 9:06:52 AM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: j_k_l

Sad.

Some Clubs can’t afford to field a major league roster and then teams like the Yankees, LeftSox and Angels can afford to be grossly inefficient with their resources.

I sometimes wonder how MLB survives when the foundational rules of the game are rigged.


35 posted on 12/08/2011 9:08:15 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: GOPsterinMA; darkangel82; Dengar01

Dayum. Was not expecting him to go there. 10 year deal? He still has great years left but there is a very good chance they will be vastly overpaying him during the back end of the deal.

I’m glad he didn’t go to frigging Miami!


36 posted on 12/08/2011 9:08:24 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Currentriverrat
To all St.Louis fans which I am one too.

If Albert would have stayed in St.Louis He would have retired a legend with a statue in front of Bush stadium and who knows where else.

Now,all he is an over paid ball player with an ego bigger that his ability as a player.

37 posted on 12/08/2011 9:11:44 AM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: who knows what evil?
The Rangers are screwed.

Far from it....the Angels look like they want to throw money around, team chemistry be damned.

38 posted on 12/08/2011 9:14:27 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Dysart

“Who else scares anyone in the Angels batting order? They will rue the day they didn’t allocate big money for their pitching staff.”

Trumbo has developed into a real power hitter. And Kendrys Morales is still a possibility if he can return from that serious leg injury from two years ago. The problem here is that Trumbo, Morales and Pujols all play first base. For pitching the Angels just picked up CJ Wilson.

Where they are still weak is in their bullpen. The 2002 Angels had adequate pitching but a deep bullpen. I don’t see them returning to the World Series if they don’t find three relievers capable of closing a game.


39 posted on 12/08/2011 9:15:06 AM PST by Pelham (Islam. The original Evil Empire)
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To: Dysart

They signed CJ Wilson too. Weaver, E. Santana, and Wilson is a pretty good front 3.


40 posted on 12/08/2011 9:15:11 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy
They signed CJ Wilson too. Weaver, E. Santana, and Wilson is a pretty good front 3.

Don't forget Dan Haren!

41 posted on 12/08/2011 9:18:46 AM PST by So Cal Rocket (Task 1: Accomplished, Task 2: Hold them Accountable!)
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To: painter

“To all St.Louis fans which I am one too.

If Albert would have stayed in St.Louis He would have retired a legend with a statue in front of Bush stadium and who knows where else.”

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Yes, and that is a TRULY rare event in today’s game.

A lot of us thought that was important to AP. Apparently not.

Time to move on.

The legendary St. Louis Cardinals franchise is much bigger than any single player; even the greatest slugger of his generation.


42 posted on 12/08/2011 9:19:13 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: IndyTiger

“Rumor here in Cleveland is that Tribe closer Chris Perez will now go to the Angels for 1B Kendry Morales.”

It’s “Kendrys” with an ‘s’, so we learned here in SoCal last season. He was a real power hitter until the freak leg fracture two years ago and he hasn’t played since.

If he comes back close to his old ability he will be a real asset to Cleveland. The Angels definitely need bullpen help.


43 posted on 12/08/2011 9:24:21 AM PST by Pelham (Islam. The original Evil Empire)
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To: painter
We all work for money and ball players are no different. A statue doesn't put money in the bank account. Sports is business and he made a business decision.
44 posted on 12/08/2011 9:25:55 AM PST by MCF
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To: So Cal Rocket; Dysart

Yeah I knew I forgot someone. That is a pretty goddamned good front 4! Can’t think of a better one in the AL.


45 posted on 12/08/2011 9:26:49 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: dfwgator
Now that I look at it a bit closer; you might be right. Angels got Pujols..? Great. Walk him.

But Wilson? LOLOL! He won 16 games..not bad. But did you see the teams he beat? Only TWO were decent-hitting teams...the Red Sux and the KC Royals. The other 14 wins were against teams with batting averages of .253 or less. Three each against Seattle and Oakland; two each against the Angels and Rays...there's some killer line-ups there, folks. Now he has to FACE the Ranger line-up?

Get the popcorn. Whenever he faced a decent line-up; no decision or a loss. Losing C.J. does NOT hurt the Rangers.

46 posted on 12/08/2011 9:29:10 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Dysart
Many seem to forget that Holland ALSO won 16 games, and performed a bit better than Wilson in the post-season. He is also six years younger than Wilson.

See you, C. J.

47 posted on 12/08/2011 9:34:22 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
There Is No Joy in Mudville....er, St. Louis...

Yeah, they'll just have to settle for that World Championship.

48 posted on 12/08/2011 9:37:31 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Impy

You obviously forgot about the Mariners with Felix and those three other guys who like to pitch...

/sarc.


49 posted on 12/08/2011 9:38:07 AM PST by proudpapa
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To: who knows what evil?

The Rangers have quietly built one of the best farm systems in the major leagues, they have a lot of home grown players they will be able to draw on for years to come.

And even the Yankees, when you look at their most recent titles, those came when it was mainly their home grown players came through for them, they have mostly fallen short when they tried to buy championships.


50 posted on 12/08/2011 9:39:33 AM PST by dfwgator
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