Photo: Albert Pujols Signs With Los Angeles Angels in $250 Million Deal
The St. Louis Cardinals are saying goodbye to first baseman Albert Pujols, after he agreed to a last minute offer from the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim.
Born José Alberto Pujols Alcántara in the Dominican Republic, Pujols has played his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2001 and two World Series rings – 2006 and 2011.
The last minute offer form the Angels came directly from owner Arte Moreno, who called Pujols Wednesday.
Moreno, the first Hispanic to own a major sports team in U.S. history made the Dominican-American an offer he couldn’t refuse – 10 years for at least $250 million. Alex Rodriguez’ record-setting 2007 contract with the Yankees was 10 years for $275 million.
Previous offers for the arguably best came in at more than $200 million from the Cardinals for nine years and $220 million for 10 years from the Miami Marlins.
During his 11 years with the Cardinals, Pujols, who turns 32 next month, has a career .328 batting average, with 445 home runs. Just last season he hit .299 with 37 home runs and 99 RBIs, with that being called a down year for the all-star.
To put this deal into perspective, in 2003, Mexican-American Arte Moreno paid $183 million for the Angels, $70 million less than his offer to Pujols.
Next season, the St. Louis Cardinals will be without both manager Tony LaRussa and Pujols.