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Pujols, Angels agree to 10-year deal

Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 9:43 a.m. CST; updated 2:21 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 8, 2011
Albert Pujols waves to fans during a celebration of the St. Louis Cardinals' World Series title in St. Louis on Oct. 30. A person familiar with Pujols' negotiations says that the three-time NL MVP has agreed to a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal had not been announced.

DALLAS — Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols has agreed to a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.

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Pujols led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title this fall — his second with the team. He had been pursued by the Miami Marlins, but they dropped out Wednesday after agreeing to a deal with Mark Buehrle.

The Cardinals exercised a $16 million option on Pujols' contract after last season. The slugger rejected a multiyear extension that included a small percentage of the franchise over the winter and cut off negotiations on the first day of spring training.

Pujols' numbers in nearly every major offensive category are on a three-year decline, but he remains among the game's elite players. He hit 37 home runs last season, running his 30-homer streak to 11 years, and batted .299 with 99 RBIs. He led the Cardinals' improbable late-season surge and became only the third player to hit three home runs in a World Series game.

ESPN first reported the Pujols deal.


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