Things have been pretty quiet in Anaheim. Wait, no? They haven’t? The Angels spent how much in one day? Let’s recap.
- Albert Pujols agreed to terms with the Angels first thing Thursday morning. The contract is for 10 years for reportedly $254 million and a complete no-trade clause.
- Moments later, an agreement was reached with C. J. Wilson — 5 years for $77.5 million.
- Lost in the shuffle is the one-year, $3 million deal with reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
New teammates are, obviously, pumped with the result of the Winter Meetings.
Pittsburgh started to make some moves late Wednesday, and filled in a few more pieces as the week went on.
- Minor leaguers Brooks Pounders and Diego Goris were traded to Kansas City to acquire infielder Yamaico Navarro. The 24 year old is flexible, but has played primarily at short stop, and will likely be a backup to Clint barmes.
- No surprise here, but Derrek Lee declined Pittsburgh’s arbitration offer. They expect to talk more once the Pujols/Fielder contracts are finished.
- Outfielder Nate McLouth is coming “home” for the 2012 season. McLouth came up in the Pirates organization in 2005, was traded to Atlanta in 2009, and is thrilled to return to his former team. “It was a no-brainer,” [said] McLouth. “Pittsburgh’s a place that I love.”
- Finally, we get to the starting rotation. Lefty Erik Bedard, who pitched for Seattle and Boston last year, signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Bucs. Despite struggling with injuries throughout his career, he holds a 3.70 ERA through parts eight seasons.
- The Bucs also picked up shortstop Gustavo Nunez Thursday with the eighth pick in the Rule 5 Draft.