Albert Pujols Leaves Cardinals, Signs with Los Angeles Angels

December 08, 2011

Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols agreed Thursday to a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

Pujols' contract, which is subject to a physical, is the second-highest in baseball history and only the third to break the $200 million barrier, following Alex Rodriguez's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas before the 2001 season and A-Rod's $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season.

The Angels announced Thursday they were signing Pujols away from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pujols, who led St. Louis to a World Series title this fall, had been pursued by the Miami Marlins, but they dropped out Wednesday after agreeing to a deal with former Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. ESPN first reported the Pujols deal.

The Angels have also reportedly signed former Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson.

Story source: AP

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