Albert Pujols has decided to sign a 10-year $250 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The deal isn’t final until Pujols passes the physical, but with being a three time MVP and two World Series Championship winner with the St. Louis Cardinals; he most likely won’t have a problem passing. The deal includes a full no-trade clause, which Pujols had been seeking for and may have been the reason he was not solid in his negotiations with the Miami Marlins.
This will make the third-largest contract signed in baseball history next to Alex Rodriguex’s two 10-year contracts. The first one being for the Texas Rangers in 2000 with $252 million and the second with the New York Yankees in 2007 at $275 million.
EPSN reported, “Pujols is a three-time MVP who batted .299 with 37 homers and 99 RBIs in 2011, the only season in his 11-year career that he didn’t have 100 RBIs or hit better than .300. But the 31-year-old did battle an arm injury.”
Reported by MLB Trade Rumors, “Pujols, 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.”
Sources did say that Pujols was going to meet with the St. Louis Cardinals one more time before Thursday, but the latest offer was for nine years and $195 million.
CBS Sports reported about the different offerings Albert Pujols had on the table, “St. Louis presented Pujols with a new offer on Tuesday, a reported 10-year offer for $220 million. The Miami Marlins were pushing hard to sign Pujols this week but talked between them and Pujols’ camp ended on Wednesday. The Cubs earlier this week became involved, but they were only interested on a shorter-term deal, for four or five years.
The Angels moved into the talks full bore on Wednesday, with owner Arte Moreno personally speaking with Pujols. Even as late as Wednesday afternoon, first-year Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto worked to deflect attention away from the Angels as they made their stealth bid.”
The lose of Albert Pujols is heart breaking to St. Louis Cardinals fans. Along the side with losing their manager, Tony La Russa retiring and being replace by Mike Matheny.