12.08.2011

Angels Sign Pujols and Wilson

The two most coveted free agents for their respective positions have signed with the Los Angeles Angels, sources say. First baseman Albert Pujols has agreed to a 10 year deal worth between $250-$260 million and starting pitcher has agreed to a five year deal worth $77.5 million.

Forget the Miami Marlins, the Los Angeles Angels mean business.

It was widely thought that Pujols, 31, was going to resign with the St. Louis Cardinals and finish his career off there. Pujols was offered a ten year deal by Miami, worth approximately $220 million, but the biggest snap there was that Pujols wanted a full no trade clause. Miami wasn't willing to do that, but Los Angeles was.

Wilson, 31, was the ace on the Texas Rangers staff. He was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA last season and it was apparent that he was going to be one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market.

It's hard to say how these moves will pan out in the long run, but on paper, they look pretty damn good. It was known that the Angels had money to spend, but I don't think anybody thought that they could land both players. Right now it looks like the Angels have positioned themselves to be stiff competition for the Rangers out west.

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