Moreno, Angels Nab Pujols, WilsonThursday, December 8, 2011
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno has nabbed the top two free agents on the market, dispelling a long-held notion that the franchise wouldn’t pay top dollar for prized players.
The Angels signed star first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year deal worth a reported $250 million on Thursday morning, according to published reports.
Moreno followed that blockbuster deal by signing left-handed starting pitcher and Orange County native C.J. Wilson to a five-year deal for $70 million to $75 million, according to reports from various media outlets.
The Angels and Moreno have taken criticism from fans and pundits in recent years for missing out on high-priced free agents.
Pujols is a three-time MVP award winner and two-time World Series champion, and considered to be one of the greatest right hand hitters in history.
He cemented a legacy during his 11-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals, which included two World Series championships for the team.
The 10-year deal for 31-year-old Pujols is considered one of the most lucrative in any sport.
Wilson, also 31, is a crafty pitcher who helped the Texas Rangers reach the World Series the last two years.
Last season, he was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA. He finished sixth in the American League Cy Young Award voting.
The two signings amount to one of the most memorable days in the Angels’ 50-year history.