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Albert Pujols signs 10-year, $254 million contract with Angels

Dec 8, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

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Last night the buzz coming from the winter meetings was that Albert Pujols wasn’t anywhere near making a decision, but either that was wrong or things changed dramatically overnight.

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Pujols has agreed to sign with the Angels, getting a 10-year contract worth between $250 million and $260 million.

Wow. It didn’t take Jerry Dipoto long to make a huge splash as general manager.

Until now Alex Rodriguez was the only player in baseball history to secure a contract in excess of $200 million and according to Brown the massive deal also includes a full no-trade clause, which was something the Marlins reportedly were never willing to give Pujols.

Making that sort of investment in a 32-year-old first baseman is obviously tremendously risky and it’s tough to blame the Cardinals for not wanting to commit $25 million per season through age 41, but certainly Angels fans aren’t focusing on 2021 right now.

UPDATE: And the Angels weren’t done spending with Pujols, handing out another huge contract to C.J. Wilson.

UPDATE: The final tally on Pujols’ deal is $254 million and apparently that wasn’t even the highest offer.

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  1. wasitosa - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    St Louis should have rewritten his contract years ago to ensure this day never arrived. He felt taken advantage of. We all presumed he would stay with the Cards. Also, LaRussa leaving played a role in this, and LaRussa’s relationship with the city did not help. Still the Angels made a foolish decision – unless AP performs like Bonds at the end of his career.

    • djandle88 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      taken advantage of? Multimillions of dollars, and he is being taken advantage of? Sorry to put it so bluntly, but there isn’t a single athlete, agent, manager, coach, or owner who should be worth that kind of money and the fools who pay for them are just plainly stupid!

  2. jonnybaseball - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Root for the laundry. If you are a Cardinals fan and thought Pujols was going to stay based on your own misguided notions of loyalty, you kind of deserve the hurt that is now surrounding you. As much as you think you wouldn’t…you’d make the same choice. Let that boy cook!

  3. jiveturkey23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    As a Cubs Fan I prayed the Cards signed him. He would ruin that team in the last years of the contract. I see a bit more value in the AL where he can DH. Either way gving a OLD Ballplayer a 10 yr deal is kind of crazy. Afterall, we all know Pujols is probably Older…..Does anyone really beleive Pujol is only 32?

  4. jiveturkey23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    As a Life Long Cubs Fan I prayed the Cards signed him. He would ruin that team in the last years of the contract. I see a bit more value in the AL where he can DH. Either way gving a OLD Ballplayer a 10 yr deal is kind of crazy. Afterall, we all know Pujols is probably Older…..Does anyone really beleive Pujol is only 32?

  5. djandle88 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    I can’t think of a single person who would be worth that kind of money, much less a stupid ball player! I truly feel sorry for the poor saps who think it’s wise investment to purchase season tickets, much less even go to one ball game when you can watch it for free on TV with better snacks, beer, and friends. Even with all that set aside, relatively few people can even remember who won the World Series 3 or 4 years back. So in the greater scheme of things, no one is worth that kind of money. Am waiting for the day when the entire economy surrounding the professional leagues collapses. Most of these players are broke a few years after retiring or quitting.

  6. greynraney - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    It’s a great day to be an Angels fan – Go Halos!

  7. cardsforever - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    I have been a Cards fan my entire life. There have been many great players for this team and it goes without saying Albert is up there with the best like Stan the Man. But team records will cease to be broken and Alberts legacy will end in St. Louis. We had him for two world championships over 11 years along with a lot of great moments. We will always have that. We hate to lose him but this is the way all sports are these days, it’s a business. We will still have baseball in St. Louis next year with a very good team, it’s just going to feel a little different and take a while to get used to him not being in our lineup. I am not bitter and wish him the best. I congratulate the Angels on their acqusition. I would give the Angels fans this to consider however.

    Albert always said being on a winning team was an important piece of the puzzle for him. One player does not make the team. I think the Angels do have a good team but is it the right dymanics to force teams to pitch to Albert? It will be interesting and fun to see. Unless there are very deep pockets, considering what Albert and Wilson alone will cost, keeping and acquiring talent will be a challenge.

    Perhaps the Angels and Cardinals will meet up in the World Series next year. Wouldn’t that be interesting.

  8. somekat - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    As a Phils fan, I can’t say I’m upset that AP is going to the AL, and Wilson is staying there.

    any chance we can get Fielder in that league too?

    one thing for sure, Angels are going all in

  9. buzzardbill - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Hmm. when does Texiera’s contract expire? We’ll have to bail out LA like we did Texas.

  10. materialman80 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    As a Cardinal fan, I sure hate to see him go on one hand but on the other, it would hamstring the club from other talent for a long time. I also see, as good as he is, he most likely has 4-5 really good years left, the other 5 well who knows when you get close to 40. It just is what it is. He had some really good years in St. Louis and I can only wish him well.

  11. tone360 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    As a Cub fan I’m glad to see him go but for $250 mil I’d liked to see him stay. The damn Cardinals are too smart for that.

  12. worldforesight - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Recession! What recession? Who says we are in a recession? With that kind of money being offered in this day and time it is clear that there is no recession in Sports America.

  13. michael228 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    $254 million? maybe all these Occupy losers can go set up camp down at the ol’ ballyard.

  14. judahbenhur - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Attention bitter Card fans: Albert played his whole career at way below the going pay rate. The Yankees alone had three players making more, and that was on one team. He gave your organization a huge discount making a fraction of lesser players all over baseball. He donated huge amounts to your city… and yet the Cards didn’t put a deal together despite having years to do so. The man did nothing wrong.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      Juda: He was demanding 300 Million in the offseason and turned down $22 Million per just prior to Spring Training. Then…there is this quote I spent 2 hours looking for that Paper so kindly tracked down. Yeah…no reason to be bitter.
      “Do I want to be in St. Louis forever? Of course,” Pujols said. “…People from other teams want to play in St. Louis and they’re jealous that we’re in St. Louis because the fans are unbelievable. So why would you want to leave a place like St. Louis to go somewhere else and make $3 or $4 more million a year? It’s not about the money. I already got my money. It’s about winning and that’s it.”

      –Albert Pujols, 15 February 2009

  15. humancigar - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Sorry about Albert, but let’s move on.

    Next year Matt Holiday should be healthier and Adam Wainwright certainly will be. All is not lost!

    Our biggest hole may be at MANAGER! We will see.

    Odd thought for the day: Prince Fielder moves well for his size (app. 285 lb). What if the Cardinals signed Prince. he worked out with Lance Berkman in the off season, and came to training camp at 245 with a slight increase in muscle mass? :)

  16. db105 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Time for me to renew my Angel season tickets!

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      Absolutely DB: Between Vernon Wells, A.P. and now CJ Wilson…they are gonna’ need all the monies they can get.

  17. auriex - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Laboratory Scientist signs 10-year, $350,000 contract with Pfizer!

  18. westcoastredbird - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Arte Moreno the owner of the Angels just signed a 20 year – 3 billion dollar contract with Fox Sports. The dude has got money to burn. They already had a 141 million dollar payroll. Being a Cardinal fan all my life and living in SoCal the past 30 years this really sucks. Now I have to look at him in Angel gear and put up with the giddy Angel fans. The presser they had today made me want to vomit. How come the Cardinals can’t get a deal like that from Fox? With Cardinals fans in Mo, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Tennessee you would think there would be plenty of fans to support the station. Fox Sports was ready to give Frank McCourt the same funny money when Major League baseball intervened.

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