Reports: Slugger Pujols to join Angels
Albert Pujols bats during Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.
December 8th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Reports: Slugger Pujols to join Angels

Free-agent slugger Albert Pujols will join the Los Angeles Angels on a 10-year contract worth at least $250 million, according to reports Thursday morning.

Both Yahoo! Sports and ESPN reported that Pujols, who has spent his entire 11-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals, had agreed to the deal. Both organizations cited anonymous sources in reporting the deal.

Pujols has a lifetime batting average of .328 with 445 home runs and 1,329 RBI in his 11 seasons with the Cardinals.

The 31-year-old first baseman hit .299 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI last season as the Cardinals won the World Series.

The deal would be the second or third richest in major league history, falling behind Alex Rodriguez's deals with the New York Yankees and possibly the Rodriguez's earlier deal with the Texas Rangers, according to the Yahoo! report.

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  1. 67hardtop

    The cardinals were very smart not paying! They have won world series without him, with him, and will win again without him. It is sad to know that he left because of money. How much does one need when they are already a mega millionare! Take care Albert, St. Louis will miss you. Good thing I never bought a Pujols shirt!

    December 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • latuya

      Yeah because you wouldn't change your job for more money, especially for $50 million more. You probably trade your wife for that much.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • rstlne

      Actually latuya, I believe the figure you want is $30 million more than STL, not $50 million more. Calculator on the fritz?

      December 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • latuya

      Wow I bow down to your inteligence, I can't stand proof reading nazis like, same difference it's still a bunch of money. Please let me know if I spelled anything wrong, since you don't have anything substancial to add to this argument, other than correcting others.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjrnrf85

      I agree with both of you. I would trade my wife for $30+ million BUT yes it was 34 mil not 50 mil. No big deal. Good luck to the Angels. The Cards can buy better pitching now...

      December 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. C. L.

    Hate him now (and really, ALL over-paid pro athletes). Throwing his jersey in the dumpster. Sorry...if he "LOVED" St. Louis as he always CLAIMED he did, how much difference could there be in his life between what THEY offered and what WE offered!! People in L.A. will only "love" him when he'd doing well. People are so shallow there. Let's see if he likes how THAT feels. // I'll be routing FOR the Cardinals even harder now, AND, for any team that plays against The Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles (what a stupid name for a team; could they find a way to make it any longer?).

    December 8, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • RK

      The bitterness will subside.

      December 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • DRBoy

      i bet you wouldn't say no to a job offer giving you more money than your current employer and a 10 yr guarantee.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Wow, thanks for the generalization! As someone from Orange County (close enough to LA), I didn't realize that I was so shallow!

      December 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      I wish there were more sports stars and celebs like Keanu Reeves. He gave over 100 million dollars of his own earnings from Matrix movies to the technical production crew because he thought they earned it and said something like "I've already earned enough money to live lavishly for the next 1000 years. He also gave the stunt crew of one of his movies each a Harley Davidson at total cost of $250,000. While his acting may not be spectacular, he does seem to realize that he doesn't need all the money he can get.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matthew

    I'm a lifelong St Louis Cardinal fan and I am relieved my beloved Cardinals didn't spend that much money. Maybe we'll go after Prince Fielder!

    December 8, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • AJ - Redbird Nation

      God, I hope not. I hope we put Berkman back at first, find a dynamite prospect in the minors to put in Left Field. Then find us a quality defensive shortstop

      December 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjrnrf85

      AJ – I agree...maybe we can get a decent starting pitcher too...Kershaw?

      December 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GeriP

    Goodbye Albert.....Hello David Freeze!!

    December 8, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • kjrnrf85

      Good stance...the glass is half full after all. Younger is better.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Liberty Queen

    Most of you he-took-the-money-and-ran crybabies are sniveling over a fiction in your mind and are daily sell-outs and losers who would turn on your neighbors and co-workers like little fascists if it meant getting money. Albert Pujols is a real human being who cares about the plights and disabilities of others and none of you could even hold a candle to him.

    December 8, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • To God be the Glory!

      Cheers to you Liberty Queen!

      December 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    Yet another greedy pro athlete. Why doesn't OWS start picketing Pujols' house?

    December 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Congratulations for coming up with the dumbest comment of the day! Your certificate is in the mail.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe D.

      You are ignoring the fact that Pujols donates a large portion of his salary to the underprivileged in the Dominican Republic. Is that what you do with your salary in the U.S., Mike?

      December 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lvingmthrof4

    Starving kids in our own country and we pay a ball player that kind of money!!!! Where is this countries priorities. I love baseball, I love football, I love hockey, I am a huge cardinal fan, but I love the children of this country 10 zillion times more. Let's cough up that kind of money for them! Seems we all have our priorities in the wrong place!

    Not too mention, Pujols didn't bring us the world series. It was the TRUE to himself real hometown boy!! And Pujols got the front page of every paper, magazine, and internet sport site...sounds like a blessing in disguise to have him gone! I am with mommytwice, who summed it up quite nicely.... DON'T LET THE ARCH HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT!

    December 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Besides providing thousands of jobs for non-athletes, creating charitable foundations and paying players out of their own pockets (not tax dollars), teams can spend whatever they want on players.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alex

    Anyone saying this was a smart move on Albert's part is very naive. He's an icon in St. Louis. A piece of one of the most historical franchises in sports. In St. Louis, Albert could have declined as rapidly as he wanted to and no one would care. He means that much to St. Louis sports fans. Instead, Albert decided to turn his back on the city, snubs a 10 year 220 mill offer for a 10 year 250 mill offer. Sure, it's more money, but he's also starting over. This isn't some new job opportunity. Albert has essentially destroyed his reputation. This is what people will remember him for.

    December 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. rstlne

    Seems like a questionable decision to me. Albert is not getting any younger, and only St. Louis fans are going to be willing to cut him any slack as his ability declines while his paycheck gets larger. That said, I wish him luck. I'm just really tired of hearing about his search for more money; in my opinion no one is worth that kind of money – not even the best player in baseball!

    December 8, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. StLouis

    Good riddance to the most overpaid player in baseball. Yes, he's an icon in St. Louis, we all loved him, but the Cardinals have other 300 hitters. He broke records and will continue to do so for another year or two, but nobody is worth that kind of money. Especially a player heading for the end of his career. As far as the money goes, what can he buy in LA for $25 mil a year he couldnt buy in STL for $20? .

    December 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jolo

      A house on the pacific ocean!

      December 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scot

    Cold in st. Louis, nice in warm in SoCal...can you really blame him?

    December 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. To God be the Glory!

    Albert, Just remember Romans 12:4-6 while all of these miserable people criticize you for going for the money. You have been very blessed by God with your ability to both play baseball and earn money. You give God the glory and credit for your baseball ability and you use your resouces to bless the widows and orphans of society with your money. People don't realize that the more you earn, the more you can give to worthy causes. Baseball is just a game (which I love more than any other sport!), but the resources that you are blessed with give you much more influence over the lives of those you help. People who throw rocks at things they don't understand are just miserable about their own lives, jealous of those who have what they want and criticize others to make themselves feel better about their portion in life. I thank God for the work He does in and through you and your wife. Hit 'em where they ain't in L.A. So Much Love in Jesus, Lee

    December 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Portland tonyxvc

    Let's hope he has a few good years left. It would be a shame to pay that much for a DH.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Twins Fan

    This is so wrong. He should have stayed the Cards.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjrnrf85

      We know :( but not for that much $$$. Good Luck to the Twins next year...have some friends up there who are avid fans.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan F. Saint Charles, MO

    So much for the statue next to Musials' at the stadium. But we wish him well. American league makes since they can use him in his later years as a designated hitter. We had 11 years of excitement with Pujols but now it is time to move on.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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