POSTED: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:37pm
The Machine is headed to Southern California. Today, St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols, who won two world series titles with the Cardinals, today signed a 10 year, $254 million dollar contract. The Angels also signed former Texas pitcher C.J. Wilson to a 5-year, $77.5 million dollar contract.
"This is a monumental day for Angel fans and I could not be more excited," owner Arte Moreno said in a statement.
Pujols' contract is the second-highest in baseball history, following Alex Rodriguez's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas before the 2001 season and A-Rod's $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season.
"Albert's career performance clearly speaks for itself," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said in the statement. "He has proven to be the best player of his generation."
"We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement to keep Albert Pujols in St. Louis," Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. "Albert is a great champion and we will always be thankful for his many achievements in a Cardinals uniform, as well as his contributions to the St. Louis community. I have the highest regard for Albert both personally and professionally, and appreciate his direct involvement in this process. I would like our fans to know that we tried our best to make Albert a lifetime Cardinal but unfortunately we were unable to make it happen."