The December 13th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Williams and Morales sign one-year deals, Mrs. Pujols speaks out on Albert's decision, Pujols is a man "obsessed" and much more...
The Monkey Says: Jerome is pretty close to a lock to be the Angels fifth starter after his surprising comeback last season. If he pitches anything like he did in limited time in 2011, his next contract will be for several times more than the one the Halos just inked him to.
The Monkey Says: Morales gets a $250K raise for doing nothing. Nice work if you can get it. The other three will all head towards arbitration hearings or settlements. It will be interesting though to see if the Halos try and talk long-term contract instead. Given how much money they just laid out for Pujols and Wilson, it is possible that Kendrick and Aybar, who are in their final arbitration season, could end up getting set free on the open market after the 2012 campaign.
The Monkey Says: According to Deidre claims Pujols was insulted by the Cardinals' first offer and then suggested that their final offer, rumored to be 10 years, $210 million but with $30 million deferred without interest, was well short of what they would have wanted to see in terms of showing proper respect for what Albert did for the Cards. This is all great info and everyting, but let's hope this doesn't mean Dee Dee Pujols is some kind of pot-stirrer who is going to create problems in Anaheim for the next decade.
The Monkey Says: Poz believes Pujols is obsessed with being great and suggests that might be the one thing that drives him to be productive beyond normal expectations and age and prevent his ten-year contract from being a total bust. That sounds like a good premise if you ask me. Michael Jordan was always obsessed with greatness and carried a chip on his shoulder and he too excelled for longer than he should have.
The Monkey Says: Remember, these are the BEST seasons, which goes to show how hard it will be for Albert to not be financial sinkhole by the time his contract is up. Then again, why can't Albert be the next Edgar Martinez? So long as his body holds up, he has the work ethic and skill set to remain capable into his forties.
The Monkey Says: Really, when it comes to this much money, does a few percentage points really make a big difference in the way a guy lives? The money in the deals was never about Pujols maximizing his take-home pay, it was about getting respect.
The Monkey Says: It really is a shame that the Cards and Angels don't play this season, I would love to see how the St. Louis natives react to Albert. Are they really as upset as all the columnists? I don't ask that facetiously either. Columnists have a way of blowing opinions out of proportion for the sake of getting noticed. I have to think that St. Louis fans are hurt by Albert leaving but some of them certainly have to appreciate what he did for them, no?
"Really, when it comes to this much money, does a few percentage points really make a big difference in the way a guy lives?"
Apparently so, if you're hacked off about "only" being offered $210MM. Any time somebody whines about not being shown "proper respect" I am immediately turned off. My experience in Missouri is that the ground he walks on is considered hallowed. Money can't buy the level of good will he had there. Any sort of business or whatever he wanted to open would have been an instant success. This is not a good start for one of the few guys I would have thought to be above that sort of pettiness, especially considering the amount of money he has already earned. There are no heroes in sports uniforms anymore.
Being a small fish may just cause Dee Dee to act like a Kardashian, Hilton or worse!
I hope the Angels give at least Kendrick a longer term deal since he seems like an ideal guy to have hit in front of Pujols.
And who cares if Deidre Pujols is a little nuts? LA is a big city and has seen way crazier. The Pujols were big fish in a small pond in StL but that won't be the case in SoCal.