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. MeB

    Ten years with LA Angels – $250 mil
    Imortilized with a statue next to Stan the Man and Ozzie Smith in the greatest baseball city in the country – Priceless

    December 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • PMR

      I wouldn't go that far. NY, Chicago and Boston have a much richer baseball history. I win.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      his statue is not in front of the stadium with the others...it's in front of his restaurant.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • CardsFan

      PMR... Chicago, New York, Boston have a much richer baseball history ?? You must be kidding me.... We sell way over 3 million tickets a year with a fraction of their population. Our fan base is over 8 states. You must be a kid...

      December 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    lol. poo holes

    December 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    I bet every single one of you would do the same in his shoes. Who here would not leave their current job for millions more a year if given the opportunity and doing the exact same job you love? He owes nothing to St. Louis, they owe him for the 11 years and a couple world series that he played a big part in bringing to that town.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honestly79

      Totally agree. PLus he did what every star promises, he helped win a championship for the city. Maybe him and Lebron should be friends.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • fedup99

      Yeah! Its a job?? really?

      December 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knucklehead

      I'm a Cardinal fan. I can understand Albert taking the money. But when I heard the Cards had a 10 year, 220 million offer that he turned down for 30 mill more, it rubbed me the wrong way. He had a chance to rise above the money chase that is 21st Century baseball and be rich at the same time. I have to say the Cardinals did everything they could, even going beyond good sense, to sign him. He did the Cardinals a favor. These 10 year contracts to 31 year old stars almost never work out.

      I'm not going to bear him any malice. I hope we kick his a$$ in the Series next year.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Anybody can win the west anyways

    December 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. luke

    Capitalism at it's finest..... It's time to start an "occupy stadiums" boycott..... Don't buy tickets to the games...just protest out front..... It's ridiculous to pay that much money to someone who plays a GAME.... a GAME....... PLAYS....... not WORKS........PLAYS ! Think about the guy who has to work a week to be able to afford to take his wife and two kids to a game...... This is gettin SICK !

    December 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey Mae

      I couldn't agree more.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • latuya

      Then stop going to games, buying merchendise, watching it on tv and commenting on sport blogs

      December 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Actually you're right in certain terms. Yes, they PLAY a GAME, but they do WORK. Those athletes are the cream of the crop. That's why they have farm teams for those players who are not "as good". Those players who are in the majors don't have a free ride. They have to prove themselves year after year after year to stay where they're at or they're replaced. Furthermore, regarding the money they're paid. Sure, they might not be "worth it" but let's see here, the money that comes in from ticket sales, merchandise sales, etc. has to go somewhere. It can't ALL go to the man behind the desk. That's why there's a union top be mediate and bargain for these payrolls. If there were no Union, these players would relatively get nothing compared to what they get now and the majority would go to the man behind the desk.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • fedup99

      Thats right bud. Just think how these baseball, football and basketball players cheapen the education of everyone in this country. If your a genetic freak, regardless if you can put two intelligent sentences together, you got a degree (in most cases) and a "job" making millions. No tuition loans to pay and a life of luxury. Meanwhile the guy $40,000 in debt when he starts out after busting his A$$ to get an engineering degree, and cant find work (real work). This pro sports crap is really stupid.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    yeah I'm a poohole fan a big poohole fan.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike M

    This makes sense. He can't play 1B for 10 years but he can DH the last 3-5 in LA. I do feel bad for the ST L fans but in years 7-10 he would have been a waste of money in the NL

    December 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stickman

    Glad to see him go..... and now for the cub dynasty to begin!!

    December 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjrnrf85

      The cubs will have to actually be GOOD first.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Woof

    So the Angels are going to pay roughly 25 million a year to a guy that's 31 until he's 41, if he continues to play that long, to maybe eventually wind up as a pinch hitter. With the economy the way it is the two signings that were made will most definitely drive up every price involved with the team from tickets to parking to concessions. I really feel sorry for the fans of these team. You just got screwed and weren't even kissed!

    December 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. zac r

    lol newsflash, the steoirs era is over, 10 year contract for a player whos 32 is DUMB how many players lasted till they were 42 before the Roid era? NOT many. Cal Ripken JR the IRON man of baseball barely made it to 41. lol what a joke.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lola

    It's the Anaheim Angels!!!! Get it right!!!!!!!

    (I am aware of the fact that the official name is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim–a fact that you will find no evidence of at Angel Stadium, and that true Angels fans consistently deny.)

    December 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Johnny B Goode

    This is another fine example of what is wrong with America – the land of greed and excess!

    December 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RoyBatty

    I am a life long baseball and Cardinal fan. This is disappointing for AP to sign with someone else. It was great seeing him play and lead the Birds. However it was Albert who proclaimed more than once that he would be a Cardinal for life. He also said that money would not be an issue. He also spoke of loyalty to the great fans of St.Louis. Finally he professed his christian faith repeatedly. Now we see the true Albert. Its all about money and all the rest of what he said has little value. To the Angel fans, you guys got a classy organization. Enjoy watching Albert and his extrodinary skills, but do not beleive a word he says – he is just another talented athlete intretsted ONLY in the MONEY.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjrnrf85

      That is exactly right – I couldn't agree more! Fellow Cards fan here.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeeWhiz

      Yes.

      Thank you Albert for a great run in STL, but no thank you for the lying about your feelings about all of it.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Howie

    I challenge any person who has a son or daughter to do anything other than to be ecstatic for Albert and his family. A change of scenery can be good for a baseball player. Not always but sometimes. As a member of Red Sox nation, I have seen Clemens, Boggs, Nomar, Mo Vaughn, Manny and now Papelbon leave the organization to great sadness and vilification. Yet, they are replaced, life goes on and the player and his family enjoy the success that he has worked very hard at achieving over the years. The money is great and who would not take it...If IBM called my son and said to him at Xerox- " hey we'll pay you more. " I'd say get your rear over there and start on Monday !!!

    December 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Noocrat

    I think we're all ignoring the main point really, which is...

    Who in their right mind would want to live in Missouri?

    December 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
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