Now some people, including myself, feel that the Angels overpaid for Pujol's contract, a contract worth $254 million over 10 years.
Pujols has been one of the best, if not the best, player in baseball since his debut in 2001, and there's no doubting that this contract will help the Angels tremendously for at least the next five or six years.
Here are some bold predictions for the Albert Pujols era in Los Angeles.
Just like he did this year in 2011, Pujols will have a great year, but not at the level he has set over the past 10 years.
I expect him to have a statistical year such as this:
Still a great year, and very similar to last year. Cardinals fans will smile at the supposed "regression" of Pujols.
Led by a rotation of Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, and the newly acquired C.J Wilson, the Angels storm into the playoffs. Pujols leads their surprisingly good offense.
They promptly exit in the first round.
Pujols comes back with a vengeance. His team had a great year, but lost in the first round of the playoffs.
He has a year very similar to his 2009 MVP season.
He ends up winning the 2013 A.L MVP Award, but that is not the highlight of the year for him as...
A year after being defeated in the ALDS, the Angels are once again in the playoffs, as they beat out the Rangers for A.L West Division title.
They go on to win the World Series, and Pujols is promptly named the World Series MVP.
After winning the World Series, the Angels miss out on the playoffs for the next two years.
Pujols numbers drop a little bit, but he still has a great two years. Division rival Texas Rangers win the division in both years, and the World Series in the second.
While Pujols numbers continue to fall, the Angels core is still a great one. They win the World Series twice, 2016 and 2018.
By 2017, Pujols is the regular DH putting up good, but not great numbers.
In the remaining three years of his contract, Pujols misses significant time with injuries. His numbers are still good when he plays, but that is not so often as he averages 84 games each year during the last three years.
Despite the final years of his contract being a non-factor, Pujols still helped bring three World Series to Los Angeles.
The contract, which many thought would be a mistake after a few years, was not a bust.
In 10 years, Pujols brought three world Championships and the Angels are the team of the 2010's.