January 27, 2012
Pujols in short term Dave van Dyck Chicago Tribune Are we talking long- or short-term? For the next three years, Pujols will mean more to the Angels than Fielder will to the Tigers. After that, the roles reverse, only because of Pujols' age (no matter which age you believe). What makes Pujols so valuable are the things he does past the obvious. Yes, he hits home runs at key moments, hits for average and plays a decent first base (better than Fielder)
December 8, 2011
The report this morning that superstar Albert Pujols has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Angels probably registered on every Richter scale in Southern California. No official confirmation yet, but the deal apparently is for 10 years and $250 million, very similar to the terms that shook the baseball world when Alex Rodriguez broke the bank on the last day of the 2000 Winter Meetings right here in Dallas. Of course, that deal turned out to be a disaster for the Rangers, who would eventually be forced into bankruptcy, but the Angels are a big-market team with a very rich owner who obviously was frustrated that they missed the postseason two years in a row. The Angels also reportedly have agreed to a deal with top free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson, which would push their Winter Meetings spending spree to $327.5 million.
July 9, 2011
The Cardinals held it together without Albert Pujols , going 7-7 and scoring 4.3 runs per game. Tony La Russa was hoping Pujols would be added to the NL All-Star roster so he could avoid a four-day break. … Jim Leyritz , the Yankees' 1996 World Series hero who was acquitted of vehicular homicide after a drunk driving accident, is trying to get his career back on track as a coach for the independent Newark Bears. He says Joe Girardi and David Cone were the only former teammates who stood by him through his ordeal.
June 29, 2011
On Tuesday night, Albert Pujols missed his first road game this season, much to the chagrin of Baltimore baseball fans who had hoped to see one of the sport's best players at Camden Yards. Following a collision at first base nine days ago, Pujols -- an impending free agent who is reportedly seeking a contract in the neighborhood of $300 million -- is out four to six weeks with a small fracture in his left forearm. The news must have been disheartening for an Orioles front office that surely expected a boost in ticket sales with the prodigious slugger at Camden Yards.
March 31, 2011
Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. With every day that passes, the Albert Pujols era comes closer to ending in St. Louis. This has been some run — arguably only Derek Jeter has had a better one with his original team over the last two decades — and it's as hard to imagine the Cardinals without Pujols as it is the Yankees without Jeter. But the clock is ticking loudly and thus far Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak have done nothing to stifle the noise.
March 29, 2011
Predicted finish, records Reds Cardinals Cubs Brewers Astros Pirates 91-71 85-77 84-78 83-79 79-83 68-94 Pennants, wild cards since 1995: 3,1. Average payroll: $91.9 million (fourth of six divisions). Manager with World Series rings: Tony La Russa ('09, '06). Players with MVP awards: Joey Votto ('10), Albert Pujols ('05, '08, '09). Pitchers with Cy Young awards: Zack Greinke ('09)