First reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, Albert Pujols has decided to go West to the Los Angeles Angels for 10 years, and between $250 and $260 million. He gets a full no-trade clause. So much for this morning’s reports that Pujols was going to take his time. Brown says Pujols decided this morning.

Obviously the implications of the deal are numerous, and the impact the Cubs could be great. This will take days to process fully. Among the early reactions:

(1) No more Pujols on the Cardinals, obviously. The early guess is they’ll fill 1B with Lance Berkman. This is partly good and partly bad – that contract would have crippled them;

(2) 10/$250-260M with a full-no-trade clause is a huge, huge contract, and the price for Prince Fielder may have gone up;

(3) Pujols was always all about the money (just sayin’);

(4) Other moves might start shaking out soon; and

(5) The Angels are possibly going to have a young first baseman in Mark Trumbo, available for trade. They may also non-tender injured former first baseman, Kendrys Morales.

Again, there will be much, much more to say about this in the near future. But for now, the deal is done.

  • Carl

    Do you think they will try and move Morales once he is healthy and keep Trumbo at DH?

  • joe

    Morales to the cubs?

  • Cedlandrum

    I think Morales is available, but I can’t believe they would trade Trumbo.

  • Robbo

    Angels won’t have the money to go after CJ Wilson. Cubs back in the race for CJ?

    • hansman1982
      @Jon_Heyman tweets: #angels new tv deal is the key, insiders say. may get $150M per. had been getting only $50M.
      If this is true, then I seriously doubt it.  I really hope they do get Wilson, this will make Miami Hungry, Hungry Hippos for Z.
  • hansman1982

    I would take Trumbo in a heartbeat and would clear out the farm system to do that.

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  • NL_Cubs

    So long King Albert…the Cubs and all teams in the NL Central just got better.

    • Alex

      I was just thinking, I feel bad for the Astros. Just when they thought they rid themselves of Pujols. They get nine more years of him.

  • die hard

    Well, pressure has now increased on Cubs. Without Pujols to use as excuse, Cubs should take division in 2012 if right mix of players on final 25.

    • Wilbur

      DH, love your perspectives. However, you must elaborate to be fully appreciated. I’d like to see your logic on two points. I’ll give mine and refute with yours.

      1) No meaningful way does the loss off Pujols improve the Cubs, understand the Cardinals fall backward and if Berkman blows a wheel they fall way back. However, these things don’t really make the Cubs any better against the Brewers, Cincinnati, Astros, or Pirates.

      2) “if right mix of players on final 25”, while a true statement that’s too lose of an assessment to have any value. What’s a few moves that create the mix you think can get the job the done and what do we give up to get it (money versus prospects or both).

      My logic is that while Milwaukee and St Louis are falling back I don’t think there is enough pitching and hitting available in trades, FA and international to fix the Cubs in one year unless they gave up every prospect they have. So you must be seeing an opportunity I don’t and I’d be interested in hearing about that opportunity. Might not agree with it, but its all interesting.

      • hansman1982

        Wow, you took Die Hard seriously…

        • Hawkeye

          I smiled when I read the response to diehard.   The BNV’s must not be reading the BN Lexicon before they are starting to post.   They will learn….eventually.

          • Fishin Phil

            I think Wilbur may have had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek.

            • Wilbur

              I’m used to DH and I get a kick reading his alternate hypotheses.

  • Internet Random

    That’s some serious loot, yo.

  • jstraw

    St. Louis should not weep. They dodged a bullet. We didn’t get him NOR did the Cards mortgage their future to keep him. Kinda sucks.

  • Ian Afterbirth

    Thank Goodness!

  • die hard

    Who said this on Dec 7 and made other similar comments? Probably same know nothing whose been predicting AL team for this FA.

    “…….I still believe both would jump if an AL team made considerable offer. Either Pujols or Fielder could take over DH…… “

  • oswego chris

    OK Cubs…it’s time to make Kendrys Morales a priority….I don’t know much about his defense…but I would prefer him to Fielder and Pujols based on age and switch-hitting….

    • DRock

      Is he 100% healthy after his horrendous injury? Makes me a little nervous.

  • Joy

    No one is worth that amount of money. It figures he would go west where all that glitters is gold. Good riddance.

    • DRock

      If anyone is worth that much, though, it’s Albert. He’s the Babe Ruth of our lifetimes.

      • Wilbur

        Agreed, give the Devil (or ex-Card) his due … but with someone else’s money.

        • DRock


    • Zelie

      I agree. While no one deserves that much to play a game, Pujols is the best player of his generation plus some, and deserves to be paid proportionate to his ability relative to his peers.

  • die hard

    And after Ramirez to Angels rumors started, what know nothing said this?

    “Ramirez may be a bigger cause of logjam as he offers teams another 1B/DH choice. Consensus may be he cant play 3B anymore. Teams in mix for Pujols and Fielder may be using Aram as basis for threat to walk away from negotiations. “

  • Edward

    Soriano and his salary + prospect (not Jackson) for Morales?

    Wait…nevermind Trumbo / Pujols will take up the DH spot.

  • DRock

    Finally. Theo, now go get Fielder. Now. But only sign him for 5 years max.

    • Toosh

      Good post. Pujols has signed. Time for the Cubs to do something.

  • Mike Foster

    Brett, all about the money????? No way man, you missed it………. it is about R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

    But dang, would have loved to see St.Louis choke on a Fat Albert contract…..oh well.

    • DRock

      Agreed. I think it does matter to him to be the highest paid 1st baseman since he is the GREATEST 1st baseman of our lifetime. Not fair to be the 4th highest paid when you dominate all other 1B every season even when you have a down season. So much better than Howard, deserves to be paid like it. This is more about respect and he has the opportunity to DH- which had to be very important to him in signing a 10 year deal.

  • Sweetjamesjones

    As I lick their tears of sadness…

  • Packman711

    So… now what for the Cubs?

  • johnbres2

    I will be glad to not see Pujols, even if deal would have been bad long term for Cards. Have to wonder if Cardinals will go nab Fielder now.

  • Curt

    Hahaha they are weeping in cardinal nation yeah seeing them strapped for cash would hve been nice but this isn’t bad either , only thing better would hve been to hve him on the cubs to rub it in their face, but it just proves their is zero loyalty in baseball, how’s the supposed best fans in baseball doing fat Albert strung u along for a boatload of cash but u do hve fat Elvis left lol, I hope this shakes things loose fr the cubs to put the team tgethet

    • Hawkeye

      Had to do a double take…thought somebody had stolen my avatar?

  • die hard

    If Houston was smart they would give a blank check to Fielder immediately. Making a run for it last year in NL would pack the stands and be good springboard into AL with DH of the year for next 5 years

  • Hawkeye

    Pujols has spent most of his career shielded and protected from the media.  Suppose he thought about that before signing in LA?  I am sure nobody will bother him there.

    • Cedlandrum

      Not sure that Anaheim is really a market where he will be scrutinized.

      • DRock

        Angels play in L.A. now. Media and poparazzi central. TMZ will be all over Prince Albert now!

        • Mike Foster

          And the family…if they move there, it’s LA, it’s gonna happen.

        • Cedlandrum

          Their ballpark is in Anaheim. They call themselves the LA Angels, but they haven’t moved.

          • Cubbie Blues

            Anaheim and LA are only 26 miles apart.

  • MrCub73

    Like several of you have already said, I hope the Cubs now go out and acquire Morlaes. Morales is rehabbing and said to be ready by spring, so here’s to hoping the Cubs go get him. If they non-tender him as one report said, then all the better

  • MightyBear

    Love to see the Cubs get Morales.

    • DRock

      Only IF his ankle is strong and healthy. He went through one heck of an injury crashing into homeplate after hitting a homerun. Can’t afford him tripping over the bullpen mound in right field and breaking it again. I’d rather have Fielder- he played in the most games last season of any other MLBer. Very durable for his body type.

  • Zelie

    Wait a second…do we get to find out what the mystery team was? Red Sox? Cubs under the table offer? Nippon-Ham Fighters?

    • hansman1982

      I think the mystery team was the one that will be taking Trumbo/Morales – I expect one of them to be traded by the weekend.

  • Brett

    Joel Sherman reports Angels have signed CJ Wilson, too.

    Marlins West.

    • hansman1982

      and the signing price for Cespedes just skyrocketed…although Z is immensely more movable now.

  • die hard

    Another Disneyland attraction. Wonder if stock price of Disney to benefit? Wonder if Disney somehow is behind this contract. Should Selig look into any ties to Disney? He wont, but if other teams scream, maybe worth looking into.