Pujols and Wilson To the Angels

The Winter Meetings, in Dallas, Texas, are now over, but man were they exciting. And although the Angels and Marlins were the only two teams that didn’t seem to be exploring the hotel the entire week, there were still some big name players that found new homes.

Let me start off talking a little bit about Albert Pujols. He was the main story throughout the week. Reports had the Cubs, Cardinals, Angels, and Marlins all presenting offers to Pujols, but when it came down to it, the Cubs couldn’t compete in the money game. The Cardinals offered Pujols a reported 220 Million over 10 years. Not bad, but if Albert Pujols was going to “go where the money was” they would have to raise their offer by a substantial amount; which didn’t happen. The Angles and Marlins really fought it out for Pujols. The Marlins offered Pujols a reported 275 Million over 10 years, while the Angels offered a 254 Million dollar 10-year deal. If it was about the money–which according to Pujols, it wasn’t–then it should’ve been an easy decision. No team offered anywhere near what the Marlins offered, so that’s where he’ll go right? Nope. Pujols took the 10-year 254 Million dollar offer from the Angels. (The second highest contract in MLB history.) So it wasn’t about the money, it was about the no-trade clause. The Angels offered him one, while the Marlins refused to. So in the end, Pujols took 21 Million less to secure a no-trade clause. But here’s my question. If the top offer from the Cardinals was 220 Million over 10 years, why not just stay in St. Louis? He’s a legend there, as it’s the only team he’s ever known. They love him there. It just doesn’t make sense. He’s only going to make just over 2 million more a year out in Anaheim. Is 22 million a year not enough to stay in a city that praises you? I don’t know. If it was me, I wouldn’t have made the decision he did. But whatever. My last name isn’t Pujols.

So now if you’re the Angels you’re thinking: “Okay. We’ve got one of the best hitters (if not the best) in all of Major League Baseball. Now we need an Ace pitcher to go along with him.” Thus you sign the best pitcher on the free-agent market, CJ Wilson. Wilson–who signed a 5-year contract worth 75 Millon–will join Weaver and Santana in the Angels killer pitching rotation. With the addition of Pujols and Wilson, the Angels will be difficult to beat in 2012. Whether they’ll make the playoffs and sweep every team that gets in their way to win the World Series like everyone is foreseeing is yet to be seen. I for one, don’t think they will. It’s kind of like the LeBron “decision” last year. Everyone thought the Heat would be unbeatable with James, Wade, and Bosh, but unless it’s invisible, I don’t see a Championship ring on the finger of LeBron. Just saying.

5 thoughts on “Pujols and Wilson To the Angels

  1. Angels did not need an ace, they already had two, maybe three in Weaver, Haren (you left out), and Santana.

    “Is 22 million a year not enough to stay in a city that praises you?” I love statements like this. You eventually answered your own question with the statement “My last name isn’t Pujols” I always find it interesting when someone questions the actions of another with regard to their personal, professional, and financial life. Who are we to even question?

  2. I don’t care if they needed an Ace or not, it never hurts to have another one. You find it interesting when “someone questions the actions of another with regard to their personal, professional, and financial life”, huh? Well, I find it interesting when people question what I write. Who are you to question me? I write what I feel like writing. It’s only my opinion, and who are you to form my opinion? I’m not trying bash you, but I mean come on.

  3. Two points:
    1. I think Pujols will be worshipped wherever he goes if he puts up the numbers he has for the last decade. I don’t think he will lose anything but history in leaving the Cardinals.
    2. I *just* realized as I read this entry that Pujols would have been tied with A-Rod as the highest paid player in the MLB.
    2a. I understand the Marlins refusing to give him a no-trade clause, because I don’t think they even know how this experiment of theirs is going to go and they might have a garage sale left in them yet. I personally would have given him the clause anyway, but…

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