What you see at right is the artwork currently decorating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's website: side-by-side pics of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, both of whom are now Angels. The now-former Cardinal's deal is for 10 years and worth between $250 and $260 million, and is said to include a full no-trade clause. The Str8edgeracer will leave Arlington for $77.5 million over five years. I believe A's assistant general manager David Forst speaks for everyone else in the American League West when he says: "I can't handicap what this means for the Angels, but certainly when you end up with all the best players in the game in your division, that's not what you want."
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Meanwhile, Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine counters: "We feel our team is up for the challenge." Or, to quote Jamey Newberg: "Bring it." One Joseph P. Tone breaks it down thusly: "There's a deal that will suck for Rangers fans for four years and then become a back-breaking albatross for the Angels. Like the Giants' Zito deal, only not as pretty."
Meanwhile, this just landed in the in-box: "The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired infielder Greg Miclat from Baltimore as the player to be named later in the December 1 trade involving Taylor Teagarden and Randy Henry." Whew.
Update at 11:58 a.m.: On the other side, Ceej talks to ESPN about how bummed he is the Rangers didn't try harder to keep him.