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. Larry "O"

    His love for Saint Louis was washed away by Greed!. The Cardinals will do just fine without him. This opens up some
    money for them to get some new fresh blood on their team...yee haw. Sorry Loved you Albert but not $250 Million worth of love...peace.

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

      I completely agree. I think he planned to leave all along and that's why he had a statue of himself made and placed in front of his restaruant in West Port. He knew by leaving he'll never get a statue at Busch stadium.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • latuya

      That's exactly why him and any other athlete shouldn't have any fan loyalty, even though Pujols is arguably the best player to ever wear a Cardinals uniform, gave them 11 years (his best years) and 2 world series, yet he is going to be malign and hated by the fans. If he would've stayed and had a down year in a few years the Card fans were going to turn on him anyways for signing such a large contract.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. magnus

    I was hoping he would go somewhere else. The Angels are boring to me.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. david

    What a shame. Sports salaries are so messed up. This ONE salary of 25million per year would equal the salaries of hundreds of scientists that could be working on solving the energy crisis or the cure for cancer.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luis

      Absolutely right david. I don't care how talented an athlete is, nobody is worth that kind of salary but this is an acient subject that will go on being debated forever. I don't blame him for asking, but sports franchise owners are to blame for this. After all its a free society and as such the 'free market' rules. To think that Albert Pujols, not denying his talent and contributions to the sport of baseball, will be paid 25M per year in his late thirties and early forties to 'play a game' is unbelievable.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kjame

    I would imagine his restaurant here in St. Louis won't be doing to well now.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. morph147

    made my day. signed a cubs fan

    December 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjame

      Cubs suck.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • To God be the Glory!

      December 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GB

    Baseball players' greed is going to be the ruin of baseball. Whatever happened to playing for the love of the game? In very short time the average fan will not be able to afford to go to the game... Then how much will you greedy, blood-sucking prima donnas get. Think I will quit watching Baseball. It sickens me to see this greed.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Locode

      playing for the love of the game officially ended in 1963. get with the times.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Badger1

      Wait till prince ponies up to his new salary and team. Remember, they always say, "it's not about the money"

      December 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • To God be the Glory!

      Hey...don't forget that it was a St. Louis Cardinal that got this free agent swithcihng teams thing going in the first place. Curt Flood. Pujols doesn't fit in this money loving frame that everyone is trying to put him in. He loves Jesus! If you want to know what He says about that then go to....

      December 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • latuya

      For love of the game!!HAHA too funny. Do you work for the love of your job, if your employer told you to take a salary decrease will you do it because you love your job so much. Give me a break, welcome to demand, supply economics. If the owners are willing to pay him that much is because he is generating for them much more. There is no such thing as a free lunch

      December 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JMac

    Albert who?

    December 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DJ

    Just a thought... please dont take offense to it anyone...but could this me be described as shades of LeBron???? The west I must say however just got wilder. AL West – LA Angels Div. Champs, NL West – SF Giants Div. Champs. NL East – eassily MIA Marlins

    December 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      * me=move, sorry

      December 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jerome

    Albert became an Angel by selling his soul to the Devil for a few extra million per year.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Locode

      I see what you tried to do there, however you failed miserably.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. smithy

    Too bad. I thought Pujols was different but I guess not...$$$$$$$rules. At least he can contribute for 10 years in the AL.
    It would have been foolish for my Cardinals to have matched.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Che Bravo!

    What kind of a country do we live in where teachers are underpaid with some working a second job and baseball players fall a** backwards into millions of dollars because they can hit home runs. Whoever says this is a great country is out of their minds!

    December 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • To God be the Glory!

      Move to Mexico...there's 12 million people missing form that great country.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe D.

    All of you crybabies saying Pujols is greedy are ignorant to the fact that he gives away a large portion of his salary to help underprivileged people in the Dominican Republic. How much money did you donate to charity last year? If you won the lottery today, would you give half of it to charity? I doubt it. Hypocrites.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luis

      What does contributing money to the Dominican Republic have anything to do with the fact that these salaries are ridiculous? In fact that is why the Dominican Republic has become a baseball player 'breeding ground' so that aspiring baseball stars can come here and make that can of money. It is not Albert's fault to ask for more money, in his shoes I'd do it too and the system allows it. I truly don't blame him for leaving St. Louis. After all he contributed all of his baseball career to the St. Louis franchise thus far and what a contribution!!!! Somewhere the term 'TAX DEDUCTIBLE' was left out of this donation conversation and at 25M taxes are gargantuan!!!!

      December 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Congrats angel fans you get to pay for your tickets on the same order as the yankees 150 dollars a seat enjoy waching your games on the tube cause you cant afford tn go ha hahehe

    December 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |

    If there's anybody worth that money it will be Albert, however baseball needs to implement a salary cap so that every team can compete.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Astros13

    As an Astros fan I'm happy to see Pujols join us in the AL West. That 10 year contract will be a boat anchor for the Angels organization for the next decade. I could have seen giving him a 10 year contract at 25 but not at 31!!

    December 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
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