Found February 09, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
There were a multitude of interesting contracts handed out this offseason, from big names like Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and Jose Reyes, to the mid-range starters like CJ Wilson and Mark Buerhle, to the lower level guys like Willie Bloomquist and Alex Gonzalez. Some of these contracts are going to affect their teams for more than just the 2012 season, though. Some will shape franchises for years to come. Here are five contracts signed this offseason that will shape their franchises past this season, in multiple ways. 1. Albert Pujols, Angels. 10 years, $240 million.The Pujols signing by the Angels does more than improve the team on the field, it absolutely transforms them off the field. Pujols is probably the biggest baseball star in LA now, and I'd wager that he's behind only Kobe Bryant on the hierarchy of LA athletes. In addition to the ten year contract, there is also a ten year contract for personal services for Pujols after his player contract expires. Not only i...

Miggy and Pujols lead first basemen

Do you remember the days when trading card companies employed the "paint job" to update a player's team following a trade? OK, I suppose that I showed my age with that one in the age of digital photography. I can take the rumor-mongering of the blogosphere and speculation about deadline deals and create new looks for players in an instant. Fortunately, I don't...

Identity crisis? Not so fast, say Cardinals

Albert Pujols, who once encompassed the identity of the Cardinals, leaves behind an undaunted supporting cast-turned-future core. Those in this bunch talk little about who will be missing, though they also avoid promises of immediate and equal replacement production.

Yadier Molina moves on without his friend, Albert Pujols

For the first time in his 12-year professional career, Molina walked into Roger Dean Stadium last week knowing Pujols wouldn't be joining him.

Cards organization preview, Top 20 Prospects

When the Cardinals take the field in 2012, they will do so with the noticeable absence of Albert Pujols. However, despite Pujols' departure, the franchise moves forward with its goal of becoming the first National League club since the 1975-76 Reds to win back-to-back World Series titles.

Who's got the best rotations?

DeMarco's Mailbag: Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Albert Pujols' new team the Los Angeles Angels head the list.

Video: SportsTalk: Who ya got? Pujols or Fielder?

SportsTalk: Albert Pujols signs with the Angels and Prince Fielder joins the Tigers. Which team is better now? (NBC Sports)

Is third base deeper than first base?

Even just one year ago this was a crazy question, but at the start of the 2012 season we might be seeing a changing of the guard. First base has been the deepest fantasy position for as long as I can remember. In fact, it got to the point where Albert Pujols, the unquestioned best hitter in baseball, was frequently getting passed over in favor of lesser players at deeper positions...

#39: Who will be 2012′s best first baseman?

Five players could all legitimately finish the season as the top-ranked first baseman: Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez. The million dollar question is who will it be? While all five will be taken in the first 10-15 picks, the answer to this question has changed slightly from the time it was posed back in September. Let’s eliminate...

Spring training starts with sluggers in new places

Tim Lincecum thought about the seismic shifts of baseball's offseason, the ones that saw Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder migrate to the American League.
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