The Baseball Winter Meetings this year wound up being one of the most exciting in years, with the Miami Marlins becoming major players in the mix, while arguably the game’s greatest player heading to a new zip code.
The Marlins seemed to be in on nearly every major deal, landing closer Heath Bell, SS Jose Reyes, and SP Mark Buerhle. But, on Thursday morning, the club the no one saw jumping out and making the biggest splash, pushed the Marlins out of that position when the Los Angeles Angels aquired former Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and former Rangers SP C.J. Wilson.
The Angels were the “mystery” team in the mix for Pujols, much like the Phillies were last year in the Cliff Lee derby. The contract is reportedly for 10-years, with a possible max value of $260 million. It has a no-trade clause. The C.J. Wilson deal is reportedly 5-years, and between $75-$77.5 million. All told, the two players could have a possible total payroll outlay over the life of the contracts of $337.5 million.
For Pujols and his agent Dan Lozano, he hits two major contract records. If the deal is $260 million over 10-years, as reported, he will become the highest paid first baseman by AAV ($26 million per) surpassing Ryan Howard’s $25 million AAV. His total contract outlay of the reported $260 million would rank second only to Alex Rodriguez 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees reached in 2008.
For Wilson, his $17.5 million possible max AAV would rank 8th behind Barry Zito ($18 million, AAV) and ahead of Jake Peavy’s 2010-13 deal of $17.33 million AAV.
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