Rumors of big signings have been swirling around the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – and this morning, fans woke up to good news that got better. The Angels have landed two of the top free agents on the market – slugger Albert Pujols, hot off a World Series win with the St. Louis Cardinals, and local boy C.J. Wilson.
Pujols has agreed to a ten-year stint, said to be in the neighborhood of $250 million. Wilson is reportedly signing on for five years to the tune of nearly $78 million. Pujols, 31, has played his entire career in St. Louis, putting together a Hall of Fame resume that includes a .328 average, .420 on-base percentage, 445 home runs and 1,329 runs batted in. Wilson, also 31, is saying goodbye to the Texas Rangers, who lost the World Series to the Cardinals last October. With this double play, the Angels look to be angling for the next American League West title.
Could these two power players strengthen the lineup and lead the Angels to new heights?
Kevin Baxter, Sportswriter, Los Angeles Times