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Prince Fielder Marlins

December 8, 2011 by staff 

Prince Fielder Marlins, Free-agent starting pitcher C.J. Wilson has signed a five-year, $77.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

Wilson was considered by many to be one of the top pitching prizes on the free-agent market this winter. The 31-year-old posted a 16-7 record this season for the Texas Rangers, while also recording a 2.94 ERA in over 220 innings of work. Today’s signing means the culmination of a seven-year career for Wilson in Texas, in which he served five years as a reliever, two as a starter, and helped the club reach two World Series.

Wilson narrowed down the field of potential suitors to the Angels and the Miami Marlins last night. The Texas Rangers had been interested in re-signing the All-Star starter, but it is not believed they were not willing to offer him a long-term deal.

The Angels also made news today by signing mega free-agent Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $250 million deal.

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Albert Pujols will sign a deal with the Los Angeles Angels for 10-years at a value between $250-260 million.

Pujols, 31, was considered by many to be the top free-agent on the market this winter. The slugging first baseman hit .299/.366/.541 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI for the Cardinals last season. The three-time Most Valuable Player has a career 162 game average of .328/.420/.617 with 42 home runs and 126 RBI.

The signing means the end of an era in St. Louis where Pujols played for the Cardinals for 11 seasons. During that span he helped the Cardinals win two World Series, led the league in runs five times, home runs twice, and hits, RBIs, batting average, and on base percentage once.

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