Found December 09, 2011 on Phillies Nation:
Aramis is the Phillies backup plan. PHOTO APWhat a whirlwind that was. They say everything is bigger in Texas and the Winter Meetings lived up to that standard this past week in Dallas. Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes, Gio Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, C.J. Wilson; the list goes on and on of players signing with new teams and hearing their name in countless trade rumors. In the offseason, especially when we retreat to our homes as the weather turns colder, this is what we live for; the rumor mill.The Phillies poked their head into a few different things this past week, most notably the Aramis Ramirez rumors. It’s widely believed that Ramirez is looked at as a backup plan ONLY if the Phillies are unable to strike a deal with Jimmy Rollins. According to many on the scene in Dallas, Rollins is likely to become a Phillie when all is said and done. However, the Cardinals lost Albert Pujols, so they’ll be desperate to make a splash. Milwaukee has also come calling, although sources say they’v...

An open letter to Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols stunned the sports world by announcing he was signing with the Angels Thursday, accepting the 10-year $254 million deal they offered. He left behind St. Louis — a city, franchise, and fan base he proclaimed to love — to sign with a new team. It’s left the Cardinals community hurt, upset, and feeling [...]

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 [...]

Pujols rejects $275 million offer from Marlins to sign 10-year deal with Angels

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols swings, hitting a double in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 3, 2011. St. Louis won the game 6-4. UPI/Bill Greenblatt To many, it was shocking that Albert Pujols decided to leave familiar territory in St. Louis and sign with the Angels on Thursday. But maybe even more shocking is the fact...

Albert Pujols probably won't energize L.A.'s Latino community

The Dominican slugger's baseball skills might draw more attention than his heritage after his decision to join the Angels. Pujols, however, could be labeled as a mercenary for leaving St. Louis.The Dominican slugger's baseball skills might draw more attention than his heritage after his decision to join the Angels.

Albert Pujols deal makes Angels important in L.A. and the AL

Signing the highly prized free agent shows the Angels are ready to challenge for a World Series title and establish themselves as the baseball standard in Los Angeles.Snagging the highly prized free agent shows the Angels are ready to challenge for a World Series title and establish themselves as the baseball standard in Los Angeles.

Fantasy Impact: Angels sign both Pujols, Wilson

And boom goes the dynamite. The Angels made two big moves today, that will make them immediate contenders for not just a AL West title, but a World Series as well. Let’s take a look at how Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson shake up the fantasy world. What about Mark Trumbo and Kendrys Morales? This can’t be good news for Morales, who has been out for the better part of two seasons...

Ramirez is worth the pitch for Brewers

Signing Aramis Ramirez won't compensate for losing Prince Fielder, but it's about as close as the Brewers are going to come in making up for that hole blown in the middle of their order.

Pujols, Wilson say no; Miami Marlins still ‘cooking’

After grabbing Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell and missing on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, Miami still has its eyes on the market.

New Cub Stewart will replace Ramirez at third

Ian Stewart is glad to be in Chicago. He just doesn't necessarily subscribe to the philosophy in baseball where a struggling player can leave one franchise and recapture his talent in a new locale. Stewart hit 25 homers two years ago for the Colorado Rockies but last year batted only .156 as he battled injuries and was demoted to Triple-A. He was traded along with minor league...

Holy Angels – Los Angeles reportedly sign CJ Wilson

                Just mere minutes after landing the biggest free agent, in Albert Pujols, sources from LA are reporting CJ Wilson has verbally agreed to join him with the Los Angeles Angels. Wilson, the ace on a Texas Rangers side that made 2 straight World Series, was apparently deciding between the Miami Marlins and LA. You have to expect the Pujols signing to have been...

Winter Meetings Day 4

A ton of stuff to report.Albert Pujols is signing with the Angels for 10 years at $25 million + per year.Evidently the Vernon Wells contract isn't hampering them too much, as they are also reported to be signing CJ  Wilson for 5 years, $75 million.Miami/Florida continued its busy offseason by signing Mark Buehrle to a 4 year, $58 million deal.In Toronto news, the Blue Jays DFA...
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