Such big news for the Angels today as they add both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. But amidst all this excitement there are also so many questions to be answered about how these shocking moves came to be and what they will mean going forward. Don't worry, I'm not here to harsh your buzz, just here to help put everything in perspective.
Question #1 - WTF? Or, how did the Angels decide to make these crazy moves?
I'll be the first to admit, up until this morning I was certain that Pujols was going to re-sign with the Cardinals. I was also shocked when the Angels even emerged as serious bidders. Literally everything about signing Pujols flies in the face of what Arte Moreno said after they lost out on Carl Crawford last off-season. I could see how they might be able to pinch some pennies and fit Pujols in for $26 million per year, but never thought he would go for a ten year deal. And in my wildest dreams I never thought he would double down on the move by signing C.J. Wilson too.
The only conclusions I can draw are that Moreno got fed up with two years of no playoffs and also realized he had a chance to really steal some of the LA and national baseball market by landing a marquee player like Pujols. Moreno has always made winning a priority, but has always been hesitant to do so at the cost of being profitable. But he also has been dead serious since he bought the team about turning the Angels into a team with a national following, which is why he changed the name from Anaheim to Los Angeles in the first place. While he chickened out with Crawford, an excellent player, but one who is not a household name to casual fans, he saw a golden opportunity to get close to his goal by signing Pujols.