Are you kidding me? The Los Angeles Angels landed both C.J. Wilson AND Albert Pujols? Wow.
I didn’t even know the Angels were in the running for either player. Pujols is coming off a bad season, by his standards, hitting .299 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI. Wilson had a nice season for the Texas Rangers, who made it back to the World Series for the second year in a row, going 16-7, with a 2.94 ERA and 206 strikeouts. Pujols just won the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals and he hasn’t played for another team in his 10-year career, until now. You had a feeling that Pujols would leave St. Louis when manager Tony La Russa retired in early November. Adding Pujols to a lineup that doesn’t have a lot of professional hitters and too many aging veterans should be interesting. Pujols’ deal is worth $250 million over 10 years.
The addition of Wilson adds strength and depth to an already talented pitching staff. Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, and rookie Tyler Chatwood were on the staff last year and all figure to be in the rotation when Opening Day arrives in 2012. Wilson was the ace of the Rangers staff last season, but he figures to be the No. 2 starter behind Weaver to start the season.
It has been an interesting free agency period so far and things only seem to be heating up.