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The ultimate Christmas gift for Los Angeles Angels fans was made official on Saturday when the team introduced their two big free-agent signings, Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, outside their ballpark. Pujols, leaving St. Louis after 11 seasons, inked a 10-year, $254 million contract. Wilson, who's spent his entire seven-year career with AL West rival Texas, was locked up for five years and $77.5 million. Check out the photo below of Pujols and Wilson donning their Angels uniforms for the first time. Photo via Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Facebook page.

Man sticks wad of gum on Albert Pujols statue

Bra-freaking-vo. That, folks, is some serious comeuppance. The photo, courtesy of @Matt Sebek (by way of The Sports Hernia Blog). Sebek is understandably irate over Pujols signing with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and chose to express his frustrations by a little bit of subtle statue-defacing. I wholeheartedly applause his actions. He tweets: How about [...]

Death, Taxes — and Pujols

When he accepted a 10-year, $254 million offer from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last week, free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols ended a tremendous chapter in his baseball career. He also joined a team in California — the state with the highest tax rate in Major League Baseball. Various sources have noted that Pujols’ decision to sign with the Angels, over the St. Louis...

Wilson major shot in Halos' arms department

C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have had the distinct look and feel of a dream fit from the day he became a free agent. Now, it has become a reality.

Angels shift power balance in AL

Well, that didn't last long, did it? Cardinals fans barely had a month to enjoy their world championship before the euphoria came to an abrupt end. Tony La Russa's surprise retirement was one thing, but Albert Pujols' stunning defection to the Angels underscored how fleeting baseball's prosperity can be. Just like that, the Cardinals are down, and for now, so are...

Angels introduce Pujols, Wilson at raucous rally

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Albert Pujols has arrived in Southern California, and the feared slugger says his staggering new paychecks aren't the only reason he moved to the Los Angeles Angels.

Halos' Saturday news conference to air live

Let the Albert Pujols era begin. The Angels will officially introduce Pujols and fellow free-agent acquisition C.J. Wilson at Angel Stadium in a Saturday morning news conference that is scheduled to air live on and beginning at 11:30 a.m. PT.

At least, St. Louis beats Anaheim in something; Blues defeat Ducks

ST. LOUIS - Earlier in the day, the city of Anaheim, Calif., captured Albert Pujols right out from under the Cardinals'...

Former Met roars at winter meeting for L.A.

The man who helped rock baseball’s winter meetings by making Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson Angels grew up in New Jersey poring over the Baseball Encyclopedia and Bill James’ Baseball Abstract and can still recall details from prep games pitched by perhaps the biggest Jersey Shore schoolboy star ever, Al Leiter.

Angels land Pujols with $254M deal

DALLAS (AP) -- Albert Pujols could have been a wealthy Cardinal for life, planning for the day his statue would be erected outside Busch Stadium next to those of Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and the other St. Louis greats.

Winter Meetings Review: St. Louis Cardinals

It’s a popular sentiment these days to consider the Cardinals one of the losers of the Winter Meetings. Their franchise player left town and people are still talking. In the end, Albert Pujols’ departure doesn’t rate with Lebron James in terms of raw emotion, but many Cardinals fans have an empty feeling these days. Others are vowing to burn their Pujols jerseys...

And the winners are ... the Angels and Marlins

This is asking a lot, but forget about Albert Pujols. The Los Angeles Angels finished second to the Texas Rangers in the American League West a year ago on the strength of one of the best 1-2-3 starting pitching trios in the majors. Jered Weaver would have been a Cy Young Award winner most years, and Dan Haren and Ervin Santana provided strong support.

Marlins and Angels dominate winter meetings

DALLAS (AP) - The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels didn't just dominate the podium at the winter meetings. They were the only teams that used them to reshape their clubs.As Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and some other All-Stars found new homes, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and ...
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