Thursday, December 8, 2011

With the news tonight that the LA Angels didn't just sign the biggest bat and one of the best hitters of all time, Albert Puljos, but they also went out and signed the best pitcher available sans the previously eligable CC Sabathia, in CJ Wilson. Between the two signings they now have spent $331.5 million on free agency in less then 24 hours and are widely considered the big winner across MLB.

Albert Puljos signed for 10 years and $254 million dollars, has a lifetime batting average of .328 and has 445 career home runs. His BA dropped to a career low .299 this past season and also didn't top 100 RBI's for the first time when he batted in 99 with 37 home runs. Some are skeptical if it's wise to give a 31 year old hitter who just previously posted his worst statistical season a 10 year contract but Puljos has a track record that spans over a decade, has proven himself in the clutch and playoffs and will be hitting several major milestones during this next contract that could help the Angels supplement his salary such as his 500th and 600th home run and possibly many more if his body holds up along with others. 

Albert Puljos Story from ESPN.com

CJ Wilson signed for 5 years and $77.5 million and posted a record of 16-7 this past season while having a 2.94 Earned Run Average per 9.0 innings pitched over high league and career high 34 starts with the Texas Rangers. Wilson made his first career all-star team this past year in only his 2nd season starting full-time with the Rangers after coming out of the bullpen previously for them. It's significant to note that the Angels are division rivals of the Rangers and it shouldn't be lost on everyone that he took less money then he was previously offered by the Miami Marlins to sign with them.

CJ Wilson story from ESPN.com