ampersand wrote:You need to make a move, and you did so without trading players.
The Angels have been trying to do this for several years now, but they keep getting outbid for the players they wanted. Pujols fell right into their lap (because they were the richest team with a hole at first base) and they had to pull the trigger.
By the way, while everybody wants to find a reason to hate this deal, remember that nobody was going to be able to sign Pujols for less than ten years. Long-term security was his goal in this offseason, and someone was going to pay it. Miami almost did it (and by the way, when the Marlins are broke in two years yet again, don't be surprised), St. Louis was going to do it, but then Los Anaheim upped the offer.
Big opportunity for the Angels to gain some real footing, what with the Dodgers' situation being what it is right now.
ampersand wrote:You'll get a good four years out of Wilson
They'll be lucky to get two. C.J. Wilson has been a starter for less than two full seasons, and an effective starter for maybe one and a half. Looks vaguely John Lackey-ish to me. Mark Buehrle is the better pitcher on the market.
ampersand wrote:Dear St. Louis,
Don't get Fielder.
Fielder and Buehrle are the two most significant free agents remaining by far. There's going to be a bidding war for both of them. Count the Cardinals thoroughly out of that, because if they wanted to win a bidding war they just missed their opportunity. They let the biggest name their franchise has seen in some forty years walk away.
Hirschof wrote:I'm waiting for day you people start thinking with portals.