Albert Pujols Signs with the Angels: What Are the Angels Going to Do Next?

Zak SchmollAnalyst IDecember 8, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: First baseman Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals waves to the crowd during the World Series victory parade for the franchise's 11th championship on October 30, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Szczepanski/Getty Images)
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Albert Pujols has reportedly signed a contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the 10-year deal will be worth between $250 million and $260 million. He will also be given a full no-trade clause.

Of course, this question must be asked: What is going to happen to the overload at first base in Anaheim?

Albert Pujols will obviously be the first baseman because he has the most offensive potential as well as a very good glove. However, does that leave Mark Trumbo and the returning Kendry Morales to fight over the designated hitter spot?

Morales missed all of last year with a broken leg, and Trumbo had a very solid year, hitting .254 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI. Both of them are talented athletes, and they both have quite a bit of power.

Some type of trade involving one of these athletes must now be inevitable. Quite simply, it would not be beneficial to leave one of these two talented athletes on the bench when they could be dealt to help fill another weakness.

What deal could come out of this?

I'm not necessarily sure what area the Angels will want to improve through a trade, but I believe that it is more possible that Morales will be on the move than Trumbo. My reasoning for this is that a leg injury is risky. If he has any type of weakness in his lower body, that could damage his power potential.

I still believe that he is a great hitter, and if I was a different team, I would probably trade for him as a risk with a huge upside. However, since the Angels seem overloaded at first base right now and someone will have to go, I would probably send Morales before I would send Trumbo.

Since the Angels were kind of a late entrant into the Pujols sweepstakes and they were the "mystery team," not a lot has been said about what they are planning to do or what weaknesses they might be trying to fill. If any of you have a thought about what they should do, please leave me a comment below.

I honestly did not see this coming. I predicted St. Louis. I guess I should stick to reaction instead of prediction.