Angels make major offseason moves

In Sports on December 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

By: Drew Marshall

                In the short offseason, the Los Angeles Angels have already established themselves as a major contender for next season. The Angels signed former Cardinal and National League MVP Albert Pujols to a 10 year deal on Thursday, worth $254 million. Caught in the swing, Los Angeles went ahead and paid $77.5 million over five years toformer Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson. Both of these high-quality players will team up in L.A this season.

The biggest offseason free-agent, Albert Pujols, signed with the Angels last week, making them a new favorite in the American League. Photo courtesy of Google images

Even with the excitement of a new deal, the St. Louis Cardinals are upset that they couldn’t keep him in town. “We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement to keep Albert Pujols in St. Louis,” Bill DeWitt Jr, the Cardinals chairman, stated. Reportedly, the last deal they offered the first baseman was for nine years and less than $200 million. Pujols has spent every season of his career with the Cardinals, leading them to two World Series victories in the process. Prior to the signing, which came as a surprise to many, Pujols was rumored to be speaking with the Miami Marlins, who recently signed former Met’s shortstop Jose Reyes.

            The deal comes as a shocker because of the lack of money spent by the Angels in recent seasons. The team turned its nose up at big contract deals to Carl Crawford, Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia. Owner Arte Moreno, however, seemed to think it necessary to throw much more money at Pujols for the next ten years. This deal does  make the Angels a contender, though they have missed the playoffs the past two seasons. Stealing C.J. Wilson from the Rangers will lean towards their favor in postseason and regular season play, where Texas is one of their primary competitors. With these high profile deals, however, money may be spent that could be used elsewhere.

            The Angels have saved their salary cap space for just the right opportunity, and now they have used it on two players for long term deals. Though Pujols is considered the best player in baseball by many analysts, he is coming off one of his worst seasons. Though he is a first baseman, he will most likely spend most of his time as a designated hitter in Los Angeles. Also, at the conclusion of this deal, Pujols will be 41 years old. If Pujols shows that he cannot play well into his late thirties, the Angels would have spent money in vain. When 2015 comes around, the Angels may be wishing they had $254 million back.


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