Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/10/12
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Howie Kendrick didn't give up his first three years of free-agent eligibility just to play next to Albert Pujols in the Los Angeles Angels' infield. The All-Star second baseman was determined to stick with the only team that has ever employed him no matter who might be over at first base. "We've gotten better, and I wanted to be a part of it," Kendrick said Tuesday after the formal announcement of his new four-year, 33.5 million deal with the Angels. "But even more than that, I've been in this organization so long, it feels like a home. It's definitely special to stay home. ... The fan base, the city, the weather, it's all great. There's other teams that win, too, but we win in 70 degree weather." While the big-money signings of Pujols and left-hander C.J. Wilson commanded all the attention in general manager Jerry Dipoto's first two months on the job, the Angels also have essentially kept intact the core of last season's team, which missed the playoffs despit...
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