Dec
08

Angels sign Albert Pujols (UPDATE: And C.J. Wilson too)

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It’s not Yankees-related, but it’s huge for baseball. This morning Albert Pujols left the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals to sign a 10-year contract with the Anaheim Angels. Pujols will earn between $250 and $260 million. Just speculating from the rumors this winter, I’d wager it’s above $252 million, giving Pujols the second largest deal in major league history. The Angels will be at Yankee Stadium on the weekend of April 13th for a three-game set, the homer opener.

Update: Joel Sherman says the Angels have agreed to terms with C.J. Wilson as well. It’s a five-year, $75M contract according to Jon Heyman. I can’t believe he got less than A.J. Burnett and John Lackey, though I suppose he could have taken a bit of a discount to go back home to SoCal. Pretty significant day in the NL West, the Halos really closed the gap between them and the Rangers.

Add by Mike: Jayson Stark reported late last night that a mystery team had joined the Pujols bidding, and that it was a club with an established big name first baseman they’d need trade to accommodate Pujols. The Yankees fit that bill, but Buster Olney says that no, they weren’t the mystery team.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • MUIDATS EEKNAY

    At the end of this deal, he’ll be between 30 and 45 years old, depending on who you ask.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Sucks for Cards fans to see Albert leave, but that team will be better of without that albatross of a contract.

    Now,the Rangers have some more competition in the West!

    • MUIDATS EEKNAY

      You know what’ll make the Cards feel better? AJ Burnett, that’s what!

      • Plank

        Ryan Leaf is always a good consolation prize.

      • Jose M. Vazquez..

        Trade Burnett for Lohse maybe (I,ll bet) that Duncan can get him to pitch well. Lohse salary is not that big and the Yankees could pay some of the money due Burnett.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        I think AJ would be fine in the NL. Yanks would still have to eat a good portion of the contract. But I say move him if at all possible.

  • Damon’s noodle arm

    Whos going to be the odd man out at 1st for them?

    • JohnnyC

      They’ll non-tender Morales. Worth a look-see if he’s anywhere near recovered from his injury.

      • Ted Nelson

        Did you read that somewhere or is that a guess?

        • JohnnyC

          It’s a guess and Mike has tweeted he thinks Morales gets picked up by Rays.

          • Ted Nelson

            I can’t imagine they’d let him go for free, since he’s still cheap his second time through arb. My guess would be that they keep him and trade one or both of him and Trumbo. Who knows, though…

      • Soriano Is A Liar

        I wonder if some team would actually trade for morales right now, just to grab him before he hits the open market? Have to think the Angels would go for it, they’d get back something instead of nothing, but the trading team wouldn’t have to give up much.

        • MannyGeee

          yeah, an organizational guy for a player thats about to be non tendered? absolutely.

        • Ted Nelson

          I don’t see why they’d non-tender him at all instead of just holding or trading him. Abreu nor Trumbo is exactly a great DH. I can’t see going after Pujols at that $ and reportedly maybe going after Wilson too… and then cheaping out maybe $5 million over a trade piece/starting DH.

  • A.D.

    Interesting given the Angles have Trumbo and Morales, but with that pitching staff, and if CJ Wilson leaves Texas, going to put them in a nice spot.

  • CJ

    Oh it’s Yankees related. Angels are stacked and rangers consecutive world series appearances. Start talking AL West rather than the AL east. Pujols and the angels are a serious threat to the Yankees going forward.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yes, but the playoffs are a crap-shoot. They may end up with the best record in the league for some of the next few seasons, but it don’t mean a thing come playoff time!

      • Ted Nelson

        The Angels may end up with the best record in the league?

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Yes, home field advantage throughout the playoffs. League, not division (I think thats expected now).

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Even after adding a Pujols, the Angels are not better than the Yankees, Rays, and Red Sox.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              *adding Pujols

            • Cris Pengiucci

              They play in a weaker division. Don’t have as many top teams beating up on each other. It is quite possible.

              • Ted Nelson

                It’s possible, yeah. I would still call the Rangers the favorites or at least even with the Angels in that division, though.

                Besides Pujols and Mathis –> Iannetta/Conger they’re pretty much returning an 86 win team with a bunch of guys who had career-type seasons last year they might not repeat. Then again maybe they do repeat and even build on those seasons and Trout breaks out in a big way.

                Yankees played in the tough division last season and still led the AL in wins.

    • Ted Nelson

      It certainly impacts the Yankees for the Angels to get better, but I think you’re overreacting.

      • Soriano Is A Liar

        +1. Angels are way better now, but didn’t we learn our lesson predicting WS winners based on the offseason with the Sox last year?

    • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

      When the AL West has more than two good teams people will talk more about it then the AL East. The A’s, Mariners and eventually the Astros are all pretty dreadful.

      • JAG

        Agreed. Consider too that the Other AL East Team (the Jays) is not all that bad. If they were in a 4-team division with the As, the Mariners, and the Astros, they would easily win it by 10+ games.

    • Tampa Yankee

      How are the Angels stacked again? The pitching is pretty good but they still have a terrible cast around him.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Same thing I’m thinking. Not downplaying the Albert move but ppl are making it seem like they are a lock for the WS every yr.

      • CJ

        Weaver haren santanna and they are still in on cj Wilson. Trumbo trout walden bourjos are young talented. Scioscia. Stacked.

        • Ted Nelson

          This isn’t the NBA… it’s as much about depth as star power. The Angels can definitely be a good team or even very good if they catch some breaks, but the Yankees, Rangers, Red Sox, Tigers, and Rays are also “stacked.” I do not think that the Angels are necessarily any better on paper than those teams.

          Trumbo is a soon to be 26 year old defensive 1B who can’t hit that well for a 1B (I’d imagine they trade him and keep Morales as DH… if that’s the case it really depends what they get via trade). Trout is a beast, but still hasn’t hit above AA. Bourjos has one good MLB season, so we’ll see if he repeats. Walden is a reliever.

          There are still many holes around those guys the Angels need to fill or get lucky on.

      • CJ

        Offer prince same contract as Tex. DH. Could be Mo’s last year. Jeter 2 more? Montero can learn to catch or be traded. Enough is enough.

        • Tampa Yankee

          LMMFAO no. How does that make any sense to do?

        • Ted Nelson

          So Prince can make $22.5 million a season to DH, but Montero can’t DH? How does that work?

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Please stop overreacting. These moves don’t make the Yankees look like the ’62 Mets…. Just get Darvish, lose Burnett, and all will be fine.

  • Plank

    Glad I get to see him play a lot more. Good for him he’s in the DH league. That will come in handy on a 10 year contract I’m guessing.

  • tbord

    Albert please call me, I have a nice foreclosure in Villa Park – Bob Boone.

    • Plank

      He’s going to buy Lenny Dykstra’s urine soaked mansion.

  • Burnett’s tight WHIP

    I don’t know who to feel more sorry for, the entire city of St. Louis or A.J. Burnett when he faces the Angels, as he chases the record for worst ERA ever by a starter.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    My guess for that other Mystery Team is the Red Sox or Rangers.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      Can’t see the Sox involved here especially with Papi coming back. If no Papi, sure…

  • Steve (different one)

    Wow, holy crap

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Wow!

  • Kosmo

    Pujols is obviously a great signing. Historic. The Angels still need a 3B . They still have to deal with an over the hill Abreu at DH, light hitting catchers, Vernon Wells who never seems to get on track and Torei Hunter who has slipped a bit.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      A-Rod for Pujols straight up in that case.

    • Ted Nelson

      Yeah, I agree that they still have their issues. Pujols is an amazing player, obviously, but they’re going to need a bunch of other things to go their way (plus most likely going to deal with his decline for like half the contract).

      Trout has a good chance of helping in a big way in the coming years, and C should be improved at least a bit. Wells could bounce back, but Kendrick, Bourjous, Aybar, Callaspo, and Trumbo are all coming off seasons that they may or may not be able to repeat on a team that won 86 games last season with all those career years.

      They can certainly compete if they catch some breaks and/or make some moves, but I wouldn’t even call them the favorites in the AL West yet.

  • http://www.cerealblogger.com Russ has a last name

    Hopefully this leads to the rangers over spending on Wilson.

    • David, Jr.

      Or not sign Wilson and go wild for Darvish, who I believe the Yankees really want.

      • http://www.cerealblogger.com Russ has a last name

        I fear that your are right.

  • Plank

    The Angels are always the mystery team.

  • JohnnyC

    Andrew Miller? Anyone have dope on him?

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      didn’t the Sox resign him?

      • JohnnyC

        Adam Miller. Sorry. Wrong Miller. Yankees rumored to sign former Indians high draft choice.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

      Huge prospect: No. 1 for Cleveland from 2005-2008. Finger injuries kept him on the shelf for all of 2009 and 2010, and he threw a few innings last year.

  • CS Yankee

    Isn’t this the same team that pulled their offer for Teix (during the battle) saying it was too much money?

    Isn’t this like another 100M$ more than Teix?

    • Greg

      Tells about the perception in talent between Mark Teixera and Albert Pujols

      • MJ

        True, but it’s also a different GM and also coming on the heels of missing the playoffs for two straight years and realizing that you can’t do the bare minimum to contend in that division any longer now that the Rangers are figuring it out.

        Timing — as much as Pujols’s talent — drove Anaheim back into the land of active FA teams.

  • Granderslam

    Who plays first for the Cardinals now?

    • Hombre

      Berkman

      • Granderslam

        Ah! Gotcha.

    • Steve (different one)

      Berkman

    • Colombo

      Berkman

    • Joel Sherman

      Joel Sherman.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    Well Arte Moreno has been making noises abut doing someone splashy for years now, only to consistently fade at the pivotal moment. Not this time. Jeez. Add CJ Wilson and though their payroll will be monstrous, they will give Texas hell in that division.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      Wow I posted this before the CJ update. Man oh man oh Mandy.

  • Gonzo

    This offseason just went from light speed to ridiculous speed to ludicrous speed in a hurry.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      and the Yanks haven’t done diddly!

      its bizarro world…up is down, down is up!

      • Plank

        Cats and dogs living together. Mass Hysteria!!!

      • MannyGeee

        cats chasing dogs, man…. cats chasing dogs.

        • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

          Not a ghostbusters fan eh?

    • Soriano Is A Liar

      MLB has gone straight to plaid!

  • DERP

    CJ Wilson too per Sherman

  • JohnnyC

    Multiple sources saying Wilson signing with Angels as well. I guess the Angels had a bit more than 15 million to spend this winter.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse
  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Angels signed Joel Sherman? Nice. #obligatory

    • http://Twitter.com/Jmarlowescully Scully

      I was wondering if that was a typo but I thought it was hysterical.

    • MUIDATS EEKNAY

      And they and the Rangers moved to the NL west, apparently.

      • Claudell

        LOL

  • JohnnyC

    I’d rather they trade Haren than Santana but I’m guessing they’ll shop Ervin.

  • Joel Sherman

    Joel Sherman thinks Joel Sherman is the greatest Joel Sherman since Joel Sherman.

    • Soriano Is A Liar

      Yo dawg I heard you like Joel Sherman

    • Rickey

      Rickey was the greatest. Now Joel is the greatest.

  • mt

    If Angels now have Wilson, they will be even more aggressive on Darvish posting fee, I think. Not good for Yanks.

    On other hand, Angels might trade Santana – do we want him?

    Also will Rays get Kendrys Morales?

    • mt

      Correction – Rangers will be more aggressive on Darvish, not Angels. Still bad for Yanks.

  • Chris

    OH SNAP THE ANGELS SIGNED JOEL SHERMAN! THE HALOS PR DEPARTMENT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!!! lol.

    • Yu aint Matsuzaka

      Update: Joel Sherman says the Angels have agreed to terms with Joel Sherman as well.

      Non intentional typo (bleacher report esque)

      I love this blog , I’m a million % sure that the Angels didn’t sign Sherman as their main beat writter.

  • CJ

    Cj Wilson too. AL favorites for next 3 years. Yanks are currently competing for third in AL with Boston Tampa Detroit. Angels just changed the game mr. Cashman. Sign prince fielder today. Please do not talk trading for Ervin santanna now.

    • Skip

      Look out, the sky is falling. Find a deep underground hole to save yourself!

    • Cris Pengiucci

      And that one isn’t too bad of a deal. $15 mil/year for 5 years. Might have even been OK for the Yankees at that price (if you like Wilson).

    • jonathan c.

      So they have what, 1 good hitter now?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Overreact much? I think you need a diaper change.

      • Tampa Yankee

        I laughed

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          So did I.

      • CJ

        This is not an overreaction but the yanks do need a reaction to this development. It’s simple problem solving, an unexpected variable presented itself continue with plan or adjust accordingly. The yanks have resources to pretend this development doesn’t change anything is a mistake.

        • Gonzo

          Anyone else get the image of the Colonel Sanders guy from the second Matrix movie in their head when reading this?

        • A.D.

          but the yanks do need a reaction to this development

          They actually don’t, these moves have not made the Yankees worse.

          Additionally Prince Fielder is not the answer to anything for the Yankees

        • Ted Nelson

          The Yankees need to worry about doing what’s best for their own team… not what other teams are doing.

          The Angels signing these guys doesn’t suddenly make a bad idea a good idea.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Well you know, I bet you also overreacted like this when the Sawx signed Carl Crawford, all of their elite bullpen arms, and the great Adrian Gonzalez!

    • JAG

      3rd? Who has suddenly locked up 2nd? Clearly not anyone in the AL East or Central, based on your assertions. You know the Marlins are an NL team, right?

  • Plank

    The Angels are going to break the internet today.

  • Chris

    Yea I have a feeling this whole “budget” thing just went out the window. At some point you are going to need another prime hitter after A-Rod, Jeter and Swisher decline/leave.

    • Monteroisdinero

      We have him and he is 23M cheaper than Pujols.

      • Monteroisdinero

        See Cashman twitter quote in ensuing thread…

  • Chris

    We will have a royal family in New York, A king on Broadway, A Prince in the Bronx and the Queen has her toy in Flushing….

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Nolan Ryan has his heart attack face on right now. He’s not happy.

  • vin

    Imagine if the Angels didn’t have Vernon Wells? They’d probably sign Beltran and Darvish too.

  • Chris

    Good news for fielder, the bidding might have gone up for him.

  • UncleArgyle

    If I’m the Yankees I’m calling the Cardinals and offering Texeria and his contract. Would be great to get out of that $113 5 year commitment.

    • JohnnyC

      Tex has a full no-trade clause in his contract. He ain’t going nowhere.

    • mt

      Tex has no-trade so he can nix.

      • UncleArgyle

        He can waive the No Trade Clause, its really not that unusual

        • MannyGeee

          but why would he want to? He makes a shit ton of money, so buying him out of his NTC seems unlikely. He as not fallen out of favor in NY yet, so its not like anyone is running him out of town…

    • Ted Nelson

      I still think Tex has a good chance of correcting his lefty swing and earning his money.

      • UncleArgyle

        Maybe in 2012, but in 2015, 2016? 22.5 million? No chance in hell. Yankees will be lucky if he can maintain a .240 batting average at that point in his career.

        • Steve (different one)

          And there will be no decline phase to a Fielder contract?

          • CJ

            Goodness should not decline for 6-7 years especially if he is dh. Offer 8 for $175m. He is 27 and the only player to play 162 in 2011.

        • Ted Nelson

          Batting average? Really?

          • UncleArgyle

            Sorry Ted, I forgot I was talking to a baseball genius. Pick any stat you want. WAR OPS OPS+ Texeria will be putting up weaker numbers in 5 years than he is now. I think we can agree on that.

            • Ted Nelson

              There are maybe a handful of posters on here who would accept BA as descriptive of a player’s overall offensive performance, let alone total value.

              I feel that the last two seasons are below Tex’s true production level, and when he fixes his swing he’ll be so much better than this that he can still produce like this at 36. And he’s only signed until he’s 36. So, no I can’t agree. I agree it’s possible, but not that it’s going to happen.

              • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

                I still value BA to an extent, but I much prefer OBP, OPS, etc. I won’t throw BA out the window just yet.

                • Ted Nelson

                  Saying it’s not an all encompassing measure of player value isn’t the same as throwing it out the window as far as I can tell…

    • JAG

      …so you’re saying…Tex’s production (which, make no mistake, was well above-average in an off-year for him) can be replaced for less than 5/$113m? Really? You see Fielder taking less?

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    The Angels just bought the Marlins. Holy friggin’ crap!

    • Adolf Oliver Nipple

      there’s always a bigger fish, except when it gets to Yankee sized fish..

  • CJ

    Really this is a game changer for yanks. Yanks must win AL east or play Texas or Angels in 1 game wild card. This has to change Cashman’s plans. Sign Prince Fielder!

    • Elan

      At least that’s not taking effect until next season, though. One more year of a normal wild card. Of course, they may still have a huge need to win the AL East this year also because the Wild Card might just be either Texas or LA.

    • Ted Nelson

      Stop.

  • Peter R

    Man Joel Sherman is making bank now. What an upgrade!

    • Will (the other one)

      Not biting on this one. Of COURSE Joel Sherman’s reporting a deal with the Angels; it’s the easiest way for him to escalate the inevitable bidding war between the Yankees and the Red Sox. Smart.

      • Elan

        Peter R is referring to the post that says that the Angels signed JOEL SHERMAN (and not CJ Wilson) to a four year deal.

  • Chris

    I just see Hank and Hal getting involved now and feeling the need to make a splash of their own on someone like Fielder…

    • Mykey

      Nah. Seeing as we didn’t knee-jerk last year after Boston went nuts in free agency, I don’t see that happening. Of course, we did sign Soriano to a ridiculous contract, so what do I know?

    • RkyMtnYank

      Let’s hope ARod and Soriano are both still ringing in their heads.

  • JohnC

    Wonder what the Angels would want for Santana

  • Monteroisdinero

    Pay these guys Crawford, Lee, Dunn, Werth money.

    Guaranteed championship!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

      You’re missing the big news of the day, buddy: Yanks DFA’d Golson.

      • Chris

        Dam, Mike was right on with that one. Making room for someone.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

          Yeah, for the 2 Rule 5 guys.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        Not DFAed, released.

      • Peter R

        Canon Arm Golson? Really? For that rule 5 guy? Bummer, he seemed like a good kid.

        • Ted Nelson

          An out of options kid, though.

      • MannyGeee

        OH NOEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our Condolences, MonteroisDinero

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Pujols’s contract will most likely prove to be a mistake by towards the end of it. Wilson, at $15 mil/year, isn’t bad. You could argue that it’s 1 year too long, but I think we all expected someone to offer him 5 years.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        just b/c the expected length was 5 years doesn’t mean it was a good idea. that deal has AJ Burnett/John Lackey written all over it.

        • Ted Nelson

          There’s always a big risk in giving a player that much money, but two players don’t prove that any player given a certain sized contract will suddenly become terrible. Lackey, especially, was already declining when signed. So, in a sense you’re down to one player (AJ) proving a rule… which isn’t how it works.

          • Foghorn Leghorn

            Wilson, like Burnett and Lackey before him, benefits from a weak free agent pitching pool.

            • Ted Nelson

              The free agent pitching pool this off-season has nothing to do with Wilson’s performance over the next 5 years. There’s certainly a chance he gets hurt like Lackey or forgets how to pitch like Burnett… but there’s also a good chance that he can at least be a solid, league average starting pitcher. Burnett and Lackey aren’t just under-performing their deals, they’re among the worst starting pitchers in baseball regardless of salary.

              He also got less money than either of those two and the free agent SP pool this off-season isn’t all that weak: Wilson, Darvish, Buehrle, Jackson… I don’t know what you think the average off-season has in terms of SP… but I’d guess that’s about it.

            • thenamestsam

              How is he comparable to Lackey and Burnett? Go look at his stats. CJ Wilson has posted an average of 4.7 WAR the last two years. Neither of those guys was even close to that level when they hit free agency.

              • i Live In My Mom’s Basement

                I’d agree on AJ. Lackey’s a bit different in that he had been better than CJ but was on a 2-year slide… which became a 4-year slide.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          At 4/$15M, he might have been on the Yankees radar (might have). The dollars seem to be in line with his results. There has always been the dscussion with him if his lack of starting experience was a good or bad thing (less wear and tear on his arm). I’m not a fan of his, but I don’t think too many people would have been surprised or thought this was an unrealistic contract going into the off-season.

          • Cris Pengiucci

            Meant to say 4/$15M per season.

      • CJ

        Oh I can’t wait to see if the angels stink in 2020 because of the bad contract given to first ballot hall of famer with over 700 homers. Yanks will be in a great position then.

        • i Live In My Mom’s Basement

          No HOF fame for someone who once maybe thought about looking at a PED. That automatically invalidates all his lifetime accomplishments as well as those of his ancestors and descendants.

  • Granderslam

    Do you think the Angels will be trading a pitcher?

  • Gonzo

    I wonder if this ups the posting fee for Darvish. That is, I wonder if teams are going to up the ante just because of this.

    • JohnC

      I’m sure it will spur the Rangers to up their bid

  • http://abovetheyankeedugout.com/ Carl

    If anyone had said in July that the Marlins and Angels would be the big spenders at this year’s Winter Meetings, in this offseason, at a combined $516 Million, I would have slapped the back of the head.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      I wouldn’t be more surprised if I woke up tomorrow morning with my head sewn to the carpet…

  • Scott Boras

    Joel Sherman just became a very rich man.

  • JohnnyC

    With luxury tax, signing Wilson would have cost Yankees $105 million for 5 years. CJ not worth $21 million per.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    Thank Mo George passed or we’d be counting down to us signing Fielder to be the every day DH, and trading Montero for a stud pitcher.

    Hey wait.

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    In a weak division like the AL West with 3 doormats there is the probability now that one of the WC will come out of that division.

    • Jose M. Vazquez..

      Oops. There will only be 2 doormats in 2012 but 3 in 2013. Still one of the WC will probably come out said division in 2012.

  • JohnC

    Austin Romine & Corban Joseph for Ervin Santana

  • mt

    Trying to see silver lining for Yanks, I am glad Angels did not get Fielder – Pujols is 31/32 (some say older) and his stats have been in decline the last 3 years (still great player.) Fielder is just 27.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      Fielder is really fat….his body won’t hold up.

      • MannyGeee

        Fielder CC is really fat….his body won’t hold up

        Jus sayin.

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          CC is taller though.

          just sayin!

        • CJ

          Forget who originally said this but “players get pulled muscles but you can’t pull fat”

    • MannyGeee

      the true silver lining is that Boston did not get their mitts on CJ Wilson, as he could be a headache for the Yankees for the first 3 years of that contract.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Seems that people started to hate Arod once he signed that contract with the Rangers. I wonder if the Pujols will get the same treatment…doubt it.

    • Ted Nelson

      Will be interesting to see… since my impression is that A-Rod was more of a brand and Pujols more of a baseball player, I can see Pujols getting less of a backlash.

      • Ted Nelson

        Not to say A-Rod was overrated, just that I think he had/has a bigger off-field/outside-baseball brand than Pujols.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        At the time, Arod’s deal was so far above the rest of the league. But now, there are many players getting paid $20MM plus per year.

        • Ted Nelson

          That’s true, good point

    • JohnnyC

      Will people begin to look at Angels as big-market bullies who are murdering baseball history and slaughtering competitive balance with their hefty checkbook? Doubt it.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    ZOMG! The Yahnkees are fighting for 3rd placwe now!! SIGN FIELDER CASHMAN DO IT!!

    Mark Teixeira plays first base for the Yankees.

    Trade Mark Teixeira get it done CA$H!!

    Mark Teixeira has a full no-trade clause.

    Well… LOUD NOISES!!!

  • http://jukeofurl.wordpress.com Juke Early

    F the Angels. Let’s sell the Marlins on their consolation prize: A Rodriguez. . ..

  • Johnny

    I think it is safe to bet that the Rangers will make a serious push for Darvish now.

  • Holy Ghost

    As I predicted, CJ didn’t sign for anywhere near 120 million.

    However, I’m a bit surprised he took less than 80 million…

  • Yank The Frank

    I hate when teams try to buy a championship.

  • CJ

    Ok I’ve calmed down now and come to my senses.Sign reed Johnson and bartolo colon and “call it an offseason.”

  • Plank

    Is anyone else surprised Pujols didn’t get more than A-Rod? Over this off-season, it seemed clear that would happen, but all along for the past few years, I assumed he would sign a contract with a 3 as the first digit.

    • Gonzo

      If not for Hank, he might have just signed the biggest deal ever. That’s if it is over $252mm.

  • tbord

    Vernon Wells: 2012 AL MVP – Mike Trout: AL ROY – CJ Wilson: AL Cy Young

    Angels Rally Monkey: Found stabbed to death outside Dodger Stadium.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      That stupid monkey should have been stabbed to death prior to the 2002 ALDS…

    • Adolf Oliver Nipple

      trout’s not eligible.

      angels still are trrble for wells and napoli and gmj

  • Gonzo

    Is Lozano giving Boras a run for his money? Not in the hooker department that is.

  • Guest

    Bad for AL, but good for Albert.

    Already seeing people talking about Pujols as “traitor”, “greedy,” screaming “where’s the loyalty?”

    I might give some credence to this argument…except that there are tons of Colts fans with Andrew Luck jerseys already who are begging for the Colts to cut Peyton Manning.

    Fans and teams can start demanding loyalty from their stars the day they start showing loyalty to anything other the jersey (fans) or the almighty dollar (teams).

    You get what you give.

  • Dela G

    Great signing for LAAAAAofA for the first 7 years. Those last three?? OUCH

  • thenamestsam

    Really think the Yankees should have been in on C.J. at that price. He’s no ace but he would have looked great behind CC, and that is an extremely reasonable price tag. 5 year deal for pitchers on the wrong side of 30 are scary, but not too many innings and only 15 per makes it a chance worth taking imo. Anyways onwards to Yu(I hope).

    • Ted Nelson

      I’m hoping that the Yankees are serious about the $189 million threshold.

      • Gonzo

        Would it be bad if they weren’t?

        • Ted Nelson

          No. It’s their money and their decision. There are two reasons that I’d like to see it, though:

          1. Would like to see Cashman and the front office perform on a limited budget just for the fun of it. See how the kids do and do what a lot of people want them to do anyway by saving in the bullpen.

          2. Despite being a Yankees fan, I don’t like baseball’s system. You’re pretty well stuck in a certain market, and the size of that market has a big impact on how much money you can spend on veteran players. The LA market, for example, is the 2nd biggest in the country and is still only about 2/3 the size of NY. It’s anti-competitive and anti-capitalistic. People tend to think of more rules as anti-competitive, but in reality these rules are only trying to make up for existing rules making anti-trust violations somehow legal.

          If they see tremendous value in going over–getting a player or players who significantly improve their chances of continuing to win and rack up revenue–I fully imagine they’ll go for it. It’s if the kids generally work out and they’re just over by a little bit that they’re likely to regret it a bit… looking at that expensive set-up man or starter or RF and wishing they didn’t have him.

          • Gonzo

            I can see what you’re feeling and saying. If I think about the big picture, I really just say it’s their money ,therefore, their decision. None of my business. The fan side of me says it’s not so easy. LOL

            I don’t know how the system to sign veteran free agents is anti-capitalistic (unless you’re talking about how they get to FA), but that’s another discussion I’d rather avoid altogether at this point.

    • AndrewYF

      Funny, the exact same things could easily have been said about AJ Burnett back in 2008.

      • thenamestsam

        I do not understand the connection people are drawing between Burnett and CJ Wilson. Wilson is coming off of consecutive seasons of 4.5-5 WAR. Burnett was coming off consecutive seasons of 2.5-3 WAR. For Burnett to be worth the money he needed to improve on his previous performance and hold onto that performance for the duration of the contract. CJ Wilson can fall off a cliff and still be worth that contract. Hell, he could justify all the money in the first 3 years if he just maintains his current level. It’s a crazy good deal for the Angels, no way around it.

  • CJ

    Jack Z in Seattle, you’re up. Sign prince fielder or trade Felix Hernandez.

  • Guest

    *Gets popcorn ready*

    Seriously, the MLB and NBA free agency periods are KILLING it right now.

    Pujols, Fielder, Darvish, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard…

    This is nuts.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      +1. Really enjoying this. Teh interwebs and talk radio are blowing up. Awesome.

  • Ha

    I think A-rod fans should be happy.

    because just one more guy chose to be A-rod.

    What! Albert Pujols play for the money?

    Hahahahahaha

    So happy.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Weaver, Haren, and Wilson? Oh and this Pujols fellow too? Yeah they’re winning that pathetic division.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse
    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      If true it must not have contained the full NTC it was widely reported Albert required. Still, damn.

      Also if true, let’s trade ARod to them since, you know, he’s Latino and all.

      • Gonzo

        Or his wife was like, “yeah no, we are being that close to Lozano.”

        Disclaimer, I am not 100% sure his offices are in Miami.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Oh wow, I completely forgot about the No Trade Clause.

        Yeah, that’s probably why he didn’t take Miami’s offer then. But still, he’ll gain 10-5 rights after his fifth year there, and I highly doubt there would be many teams who would be willing to take on his contract before he gains those rights, especially if his decline on offense continues.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    Prediction: CJ Wilson will be by far the best FA signing on a $cost/win basis over the life of the contract signed this off season. And will also make AJ and Lackey deals look that much worse.

    I have a bad feeling about him killing us for the next 5 years too.

    • Greg

      His stats will look good because of the two doormats in that division.

      How will he kill us for the next five years? He’s been the AL his whole career.

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        He can kill us by, you know, pitching well against us on a consistent basis? You may also recall that there was a period during which “we just couldn’t beat the Angels” and though the Pujols signing perhaps augers a somewhat different look for the team, they didn’t get worse today by most accounts.

        As for CJ’s stats, you can league, division or opponent adjust them all you like. My prediction stands, even factoring in such adjustments.

        • Greg

          My point is that since we have faced Wilson before, he should already be killing us or not.

    • Holy Ghost

      Wilson’s numbers should get better given that he’s moving from a hitter’s park to more of a pitcher’s park. His road numbers have been better than his home numbers. Plus he’s staying in a weak-hitting division. He seems like a good fit for the Angels.

  • Doug

    The Marlins were the highest bidders for both Pujols (10/275) and Wilson ($100M+).

    $ apparently growing on trees in South Florida.

  • 42isNotMortal

    What’s wrong with the AL West becoming a bit more competitive? I’d rather Texas get pushed along the way instead of sailing into the post season.

  • David, Jr.

    Angels – Evil Empire.

    Yankees – new Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Fack Youk

    I’m kind of surprised by the moves the Angels made. They are a team that will regret the contract of Pujols, like the Yankees regret A-Rod’s. It’ll be interesting how 5 years from now, Angels’ fans will react to a diminishing product from Pujols.

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