Found December 12, 2011 on Sports Curmudgeon:
The big news from late last week was that Ryan Braun – - winner of the NL MVP Award last year – - failed a drug test. According to reports, that drug test was administered sometime during last year’s NL Playoffs. If that failed test is upheld during an appeal process before a baseball arbitrator, Braun faces a 50-game suspension starting next season. Braun professes innocence in this matter and the arbitrator will make a final determination on that claim sometime before Spring Training begins. Reports say that Braun did not test positive for steroids or the metabolic by-products of steroids; rather he tested positive for synthetic testosterone. [More specifically, reports said that the test showed an elevated ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone.] The message that I take from this is that this test failure is something more than testing positive for a masking agent. If you recall, Manny Ramirez tested positive for a substance that can mask certain PED’s in the blood but t...

Angels avoid arbitration with Jerome Williams

After a whirlwind week in which the Angels acquired slugger Albert Pujols and pitcher C.J. Wilson for a combined 331.5 million, General Manager Jerry Dipoto turned his attention to some lower-profile moves on Monday. His first was to secure pitcher Jerome Williams, a leading candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation next season, to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration with the...

Halo Headlines: Williams and Morales Sign One-Year Deals, Mrs. Pujols Speaks Out, Pujols is Obsessed

The December 13th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Williams and Morales sign one-year deals, Mrs. Pujols speaks out on Albert's decision, Pujols is a man "obsessed" and...

Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols Speaks Out: “It Was About The Commitment”

Albert Pujols left the St. Louis Cardinals for the Los Angeles Angels because the club made a long-term commitment to him. "To tell you the truth, it wasn't about the money,” Pujols told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I'm going to die saying that, because it wasn't about the money. It was about the commitment.” Last Thursday, Pujols' accepted a 10-year...

Angels Prepare for Conquest With Introduction of Pujols and Wilson

Anaheim, CA -- In front of thousands of cheering fans lined up six rows deep to get a glimpse of Southern California's two newest stars, the Angels introduced their latest high-profile acquisitions, slugger Albert Pujols and ace C.J. Wilson. The signings not only put the Halos in a position to win the AL West and the World Series, but also could finally help them win their...

Pujols' wife disputes media reports

Deidre Pujols, wife of former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, appeared on Joy FM in St. Louis on Monday morning to share what she termed the Pujols' "side of the story" concerning Albert's departure from the Cardinals and how he ended up signing with the Los Angeles Angels.

Fearsome foursomes rule pitching landscape

C.J. Wilson's addition to the Angels' rotation places his new rotation among the best in baseball.

No quick fix for Cards to replace Pujols

The Cardinals aren't going to "replace" Albert Pujols. There have been very few players in history as good as Pujols, and unless the Cardinals sign Prince Fielder -- and that's not likely to happen -- they're not going to come close to finding another Albert.

Burwell: Pujols says Angels owner made him feel wanted

In the end, it is not all that complicated. The Cardinals kept talking business. The Angels kept talking family.

Marlins, Angels dominate MLB winter meetings

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.
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