Albert Pujols has agreed to sign a 10 year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim according to Buster Olney from ESPN. Here are some of the details of the deal:
Pujols had turned down an offer from the Cardinals, the only team he has ever played for, about a year ago, but St. Louis was still in the bidding as of Wednesday.
Pujols is a three-time MVP who batted .299 with 37 homers and 99 RBIs in 2011, the only season in his 11-year career that he didn’t have 100 RBIs or hit better than .300. But the 31-year-old did battle an arm injury.
Sources told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that the Angels jumped into the bidding late Wednesday.
Pujols, who is 31 and will turn 32 in January, will play out his contract with the Angels until he is 42 years old (reportedly). This is a great day for the Chicago Cubs, and their new regime. The N.L. Central is now open for the taking with the exiting of one high price superstar first baseman, and with another high priced first baseman possibly moving on as well.
There may be another ripple that is caused by this signing as well. The Angles have their 1B of the present and distant future, so what does that mean for current 1B Kendrys Morales? Morales is a 28 year old switch hitting 1B who came into his own 2 seasons ago with the Angels. Morales missed most of the 2010 season, and all of the 2011 season stemming from injuries sustained while jumping onto home plate after a walk-off grand slam in May of 2010. If Morales becomes available, he is certainly a guy the Cubs should target as he can bring much needed left handed power to the Cubs lineup.
Morales, in his career, has hit extremely well as a left handed hitter. Here are his career splits.
The Pujols signing is great news for the Chicago Cubs. It could mean even better news if they can target a switch hitting, 28 year old first baseman to add to their lineup.
It’s at least a story to keep an eye on.