>>Pujols Headed To Halos
(Dallas, TX) -- In a surprise move, superstar slugger Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Thursday. The Halos landed "The Machine" to a 10-year deal worth at least $250-million. The pact also includes a full no-trade clause for the three-time MVP, who had spent his entire 11-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 31-year-old Pujols batted .299 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI last season. It was the only season in his career that he didn't register at least 100 RBI and hit better than .300. Over his career, the power-hitting first baseman has 445 dingers to go along with a .328 average and 1,329 runs batted in.
>>Cards' Mozeliak Reacts To Pujols' Departure
(St. Louis, MO) -- St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak discussed the departure of slugger Albert Pujols on Thursday. Mozeliak said Pujols' decision to sign with the Los Angeles Angels was disappointing, but they knew his departure from St. Louis was always a possibility. Mozeliak also said Wednesday was an intense day of negotiations, and he could sense Thursday morning that Pujols was leaning toward signing with the Angels. The 31-year-old Pujols had spent his entire eleven-year career with the Cards. The three-time MVP agreed to a 10-year deal worth between 250 and 260-million dollars with the Angels.
>> Cubs Swing Deal Prior To End Of Winter Meetings
The Chicago Cubs have acquired third baseman Ian Stewart and right-handed reliever Casey Weathers from the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder D.J. LeMahieu.
Stewart, who hit 25 homers in 2009 and 18 more in 2010 for the Rockies, slumped last season when he split time Colorado and AAA. In 48 games with the Rockies he batted .156.
Weathers was 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA at AA Tulsa last season in 44 appearances. He missed the 2009 season after elbow ligament replacement surgery.
Colvin hit 20 homers as a rookie in 2010 but struggled last season and was sent to AAA. LeMahieu made his major league debut with the Cubs last year and batted .250 in 37 games.
The trade was announced Thursday night.