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  1. Pujols Pandemonium: Recapping a busy day at HardballTalk

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We’ve published over 50 posts containing mentions of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols since the Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday night. Today, of course, it all came to a head. In case you missed any of the analysis from our team of writers, here’s a recap of the subjects we’ve broached over the…

  2. Juan Carlos Oviedo released from jail, won’t face identity fraud charges in the Dominican

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic Thursday afternoon on a warrant related to his ongoing identity fraud case. But he wasn’t held for very long at all. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the warrant was actually out-dated and Oviedo was released quickly from his holding cell without having to…

  3. Stores in St. Louis are giving away Pujols merchandise

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    pujols store ap

    The St. Louis region was shocked at Thursday morning’s announcement that Cardinals icon Albert Pujols had accepted a 10-year, $250 million pact from the Angels. And so were its retail shops. According to Matthew Hathaway of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, four area Pro Image Sports stores began giving away Pujols jerseys and jersey shirts (valued between $14.99 and $129.99)…

  4. Dan Lozano shopped Albert Pujols to the Yankees

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    In news that should come as no surprise at all, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that agent Dan Lozano placed a phone call to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman early in the free agency process to gauge his interest in Albert Pujols. Cashman’s Yankees are locked into first baseman Mark Teixeira through 2016 at a rate of…

  5. Rockies trade Stewart, Weathers to Cubs for Colvin, LeMahieu

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    ian stewart getty bigger

    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have traded third baseman Ian Stewart and right-hander Casey Weathers to the Cubs for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu. It’s probably not the big splash that Cubs fans had been hoping for out of the new Theo Epstein-led regime, but it’s a nice…

  6. The new Angels lineup

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter

    The guess here is that Mike Scioscia is going do a lot of scratching out starting nines on the back of napkins over the next couple of months. Here’s the Angels’ current top 11, along with their 2011 numbers and all the positions they could see action at. Chris Iannetta: .238/.370/.414, 14 HR, 55 RBI,…

  7. Cardinals expected to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From MLB Network’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Cardinals are likely to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot before the December 12 deadline. The Cards were left unimpressed by Theriot’s defense at shortstop this past season and have already committed to 25-year-old Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for 2012. Theriot, who possesses a weak…

  8. Will the Rangers try to keep up with the Angels?

    Dec 8, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    The Rangers can come close to matching their AL West rivals; all they’d need to do is commit $150 million-$200 million to free agent Prince Fielder and then another $80 million-$100 million in the form of a posting fee and a contract for Yu Darvish. What’s the big deal? As things stand now, the Rangers are currently…

  9. Someone really good is getting snubbed from the All-Star Game next year

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    The American League now has all of the following at first base (presented with 2011 stats): Albert Pujols (Angels): .299/.366/.541, 37 HR, 99 RBI Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): .344/.448/.586, 30 HR, 105 RBI Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox): .338/.410/.548, 27 HR, 117 RBI Mark Teixeira (Yankees): .248/.341/.494, 39 HR, 111 RBI Paul Konerko (White Sox): .300/.388/.518, 31…

  10. Year-by-year breakdown of C.J. Wilson’s $77.5 million deal

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    Here are the specifics of C.J. Wilson‘s five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels: Signing bonus: $2.5 million 2012: $10 million 2013: $11 million 2014: $16 million 2015: $18 million 2016: $20 million That’s pretty heavily backloaded, although certainly not as much as, say, Jose Reyes‘ deal with the Marlins. Bill Plunkett of the Orange…

  11. Albert Pujols gave the Cardinals much more than they paid for

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    pujols getty

    Cardinals fans are predictably very upset with Albert Pujols for choosing to leave St. Louis and sign with the Angels for considerably more money, but it’s worth remembering that because of MLB’s service time and financial structure he’s spent most of his career being significantly underpaid. Pujols was paid around $104 million for his 11…

  12. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  13. Brewers sign shortstop Alex Gonzalez to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez

    Milwaukee’s search for a shortstop is apparently over, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are close to signing Alex Gonzalez to a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2013. That takes the Brewers completely out of the mix for Jimmy Rollins, who seemingly is now choosing between re-signing with the Phillies…

  14. The Angels played it very close to the vest

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Jon Lovitz

    ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick was pretty well stonewalled when he tried to confirm the Angels’ interest in Albert Pujols on Tuesday evening:

  15. One year later: Re-examining last winter’s biggest contracts

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    crawford-and-epstein

    While everyone debates the wisdom of giving $254 million to Albert Pujols or $106 million to Jose Reyes or $77.5 million to C.J. Wilson, it seems like a good time to look back at the biggest contracts signed last offseason: Carl Crawford: $142 million for seven years Jayson Werth: $126 million for seven years Cliff…

  16. Juan Carlos Oviedo arrested in Dominican Republic

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    The Marlins might want to reconsider their plan to offer the former Leo Nunez a contract for next season. Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Thursday and charged with using a false identity, The Associated Press reports. Dominican authorities indicated that Oviedo would be brought to trial, though no timetable was immediately…

  17. Rockies confirm interest in free agent Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Minnesota has made Michael Cuddyer a three-year, $25 million offer to re-sign, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Colorado could jump into the mix for the veteran right fielder after freeing up some payroll space by trading Huston Street. Renck has regularly linked the Rockies to Cuddyer in the past and reports…

  18. Projecting Albert Pujols’ 2012 performance for the Angels

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    One of the most difficult factors to try to account for in projecting player performance is the league switch, particularly when it comes to hitters. We tend to think of pitchers having an advantage in facing a largely new set of hitters when they switch circuits. It generally works the opposite way with hitters. Still,…

  19. Rockies acquire Kevin Slowey from Twins for Daniel Turpen

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    UPDATE: Now that the Rule 5 draft is over the player to be named later has been revealed as Double-A right-hander Daniel Turpen, a side-arming reliever who’s a marginal prospect at best. ========== Kevin Slowey, who fell out of favor in Minnesota after being demoted from the rotation to the bullpen in spring training, has…

  20. C.J. Wilson: “If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin”

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Albert Pujols reportedly turned down $275 million from the Marlins to take $254 million from the Angels and it turns out C.J. Wilson also opted against going to Miami for the most possible money. Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the left-hander “easily” could have topped $100 million because the Marlins…

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