Angels Sign Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson
The Los Angeles Angels became the biggest winner in the MLB free agency on Thursday after signing two of the biggest names on the market in slugger Albert Pujols and starting pitcher C.J. Wilson.
Pujols, a three-time NL MVP, left the reigning World Series champions St. Louis Cardinals for a reported $254-million ten-year contract with the Angels. The deal makes Pujols the only MLB player not named Alex Rodriguez to seal a contract worth more than $ 200 million.
The Angels’ splurging did not end with Pujols, as they also reached a deal with starting pitcher C.J. Wilson of the 2011 World Series losing finalist Texas Rangers. Wilson signed a five-year, $77.5 million to join Pujols in what is certainly a World Series team in the Angels. Wilson went 16-7 with 2.94 ERA while starting a league-high 34 starts for the Rangers. Pujols, on the other hand, hit 37 homers and 99 RBIs for St. Louis, where the Dominican-American hitter played since he entered the MLB in 2001.