Halos Ink Pujols, May Regret Back End Of Deal

Over the next few years, the Angels can simply kick back and watch Albert Pujols tear apart the American League. Beyond the first few years of that contract, however, they may not end up being quite as happy. There's no doubt that Pujols will go down as one of the great hitters of all time, but logic and historical data tell us the latter years of his ten year deal may not be as fruitful.

The Angels just made themselves a viable team in the next couple years to go head to head against the powerful Texas Rangers in the American League. Albert Pujols instantly adds the firepower that their lineup badly needs, and he gives them a dimension offensively that they haven't had in a long time. However, the long term ramifications of a signing also need to be considered.

While Pujols' yearly salary is more than justifiable, the number of years and the full no trade clause has raised a lot of eyebrows in the industry. We all know how great Albert Pujols is, but when he's in his late 30s or early 40s, he just isn't going to be the same player. And, when that day comes it could badly hamstring the Angels' and their ability to tweak their roster.

But, this is a problem to be considered many years from now. For now, all that most opposing clubs are thinking about is how much more frightening this move makes the Angels, especially when you consider that they also added C.J. Wilson to an already dynamic pitching staff.

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