Peter Schmuck: Pujols deal will make for somber weekend in St. Louis

The report this morning that superstar Albert Pujols has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Angels probably registered on every Richter scale in Southern California. No official confirmation yet, but the deal apparently is for 10 years and $250 million, very similar to the terms that shook the baseball world when Alex Rodriguez broke the bank on the last day of the 2000 Winter Meetings right here in Dallas.

Of course, that deal turned out to be a disaster for the Rangers, who would eventually be forced into bankruptcy, but the Angels are a big-market team with a very rich owner who obviously was frustrated that they missed the postseason two years in a row. The Angels also reportedly have agreed to a deal with top free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson, which would push their Winter Meetings spending spree to $327.5 million.

Meanwhile, it’s going to be a somber weekend in St. Louis, where no one wanted to believe that Pujols would ever leave the city where he has spent his entire career and has become deeply involved in the community. He was recently featured on “60 Minutes” for his charitable work and has been the face of the franchise for more than a decade.

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