Found January 20, 2012 on
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First, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made a big bet in the AL West, signing not only free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols, but also left-handed starter C.J. Wilson, the Opening Day starter last season for the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers.
Then the Rangers raised the ante, landing Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, amid speculation that they well could wind up signing Prince Fielder as well.
The Oakland A's?
They folded. And the 2012 season hasn't even begun.
The A's seem more concerned now with excuses than successes.
Yes, they are a small-budget operation, and their plight in Oakland is seemingly hopeless, which has them basing their future off the hope that commissioner Bud Selig can pull off some hocus pocus and force the San Francisco Giants to open the door to the San Jose area in an effort to salvage the A's franchise.
On the field? Well, these A's may be stars of screen and stage because of author Michael Lewis' man crush for...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Angels announced their promotion schedule on Wednesday, one that will include the giveaway of a bobblehead doll in the likeness of new first baseman Albert Pujols.
Less than a month after seeing division rivals the Angels sweep up both C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols, the Rangers did the expected and signed Japanese import free agent Yu Darvish. After a record 51.7 million dollar bid to even negotiate, the deal reportedly comes out as 6 years and 60 million dollars..Darvish, strengthens a rotation already including promising...
1. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Cabrera is the second most consistent first baseman in baseball.
3. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
Gonzalez led all MLB first basemen with 630 AB in 2011. With that many ABs and the players surrounding him, you can’t help but get giddy about Gonzo.
4. Joey Votto...
After the Angels acquired Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, all wondered what the Rangers would do to counter those moves. The question was answered on Wednesday with Texas' deadline-beating deal with Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish.
Whether you were devastated, relieved, or somewhere in between when Albert Pujols rejected a reported $210 million, 10-year contract offer from team president, Bill Dewitt, and GM John Mozeliak, the fact remains that the departure of the St. Louis Cardinals’ long-time first basement gives the front office a lot more payroll flexibility moving forward.
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I know being in a division the defending A.L. champions and the team that just got Albert Pujols can drive a team to do drastic things. But this is over the top.If the Seattle Mariners really wanted to reunite people, they could have tried Loggins and Messina. Or the cast of Cheers. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, for crying out loud! But these two? These are the two you want to...
Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish officially signed to a six-year, $60 million deal with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Darvish, perhaps the most highly-touted player to ever come out of Japan, will be counted on to help shore up the Rangers' pitching staff following the loss of their former No. 1 starter C.J. Wilson, who signed with the Angels in...
White House Turns Red
(As in Cardinal Red, folks.)
Talk about a “Super Tuesday” — this week members of the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals met with President and First Lady Obama at the White House. Notably absent were Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa, perhaps following Yadier Molina’s example just a couple of days earlier, as he skipped the Winter...
Per Buster Olney of ESPN, the Rangers signed Japanese import Yu Darvish to a 6-year/$60M deal. Favorite Twitter gag about this so far:
Props to Angels GM Dipoto. Angels sign Wilson for 75 mil, force the Rangers to spend 120 mil to back fill his spot in the rotation #genius
I'm not so sure about that; word so far is that Darvish may be the best Japanese pitcher to hit the US...