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C.J. Wilson, Albert Pujols, LaTroy Hawkins, All Join Los Angeles Angels

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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Danny HaugerCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2011

The best free agent in baseball has signed to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the next 10 seasons for more than $250 million. This is the biggest free-agent signing in Angels history and a possible link to a C.J. Wilson signing to come later today. After confirming Wilson for five years, LaTroy Hawkins also signed the Los Angeles Angels.

Albert Pujols will be 32 years old at the start of the 2011-2012 baseball season, and the Angels now have Mark Trumbo, Kendrys Morales and Pujols at first base. The Angels now have the key bat in the lineup to help produce runs for the struggling offense of the past two seasons. Pujols will help shelter the rest of the lineup and is one of the few guys worth the risk of such a large contract, having never hit fewer than 30 home runs in a season.

As I sat in the Angels Radio studios, we broke the story on the Sports Lodge with Roger Lodge. The voice of the Angels joined us to discuss questions about the length of the contract and the potential long-term effect on the Angels. All things considered, the most exciting free agent has signed with the Angels and is poised to make an immediate impact.

Pujols is now the most feared hitter in the American League and makes the Angels better right from day one. The signing of Mo Vaughn or Vlad Guerrero holds little to the excitement of this day for Angels fans in Southern California.

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