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Pujols to sign 10-year deal with Angels

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Pujols to sign 10-year deal with Angels

Is the Albert Pujols free agency drama finally over?

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the coveted slugger is headed to the Angels.

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TimBrownSource: Pujols will sign with Angels for 10 years for between 250 and260 million. Full no-trade. Pujols decided Thursdaymorning.
Dec08 via webFavoriteRetweetReply
The Marlins, Cubs, Rangers and Angels were all reportedly interested in Pujols and of course the Cardinals wanted to bring him back to St. Louis.

Brown called into "The Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday and talked about the deal:

Are you wondering exactly how much Pujols will be making with this deal? CNBC's Darren Rovell crunched the numbers:

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darrenrovellAlbert Pujols, based on 25M a year, will make 136,612 per in seasonday (183 days) or 68,493 per day for 10 years.
Dec08 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply
Now, you would think signing Pujols would be enough for the Angels, but FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that the team is also interested in pitcher C.J. Wilson.

Cubs fans, are you happy to see Pujols headed out of the NL Central? Leave a comment below.

Ken Rosenthal says there's ‘not a chance’ Cubs re-sign Nicholas Castellanos

Ken Rosenthal says there's ‘not a chance’ Cubs re-sign Nicholas Castellanos

With MLB’s Winter Meetings kicking off Monday, the chances of the Cubs re-signing free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos aren’t looking great.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (subscription required), there’s “not a chance, at least for the moment,” the two sides reunite this offseason. Rosenthal cited how the Cubs are telling representatives of even low-budget free agents the organization needs to clear payroll space before entering serious negotiations.

The Cubs’ 2020 luxury tax payroll is projected to be $214 million (per Roster Resource), over MLB’s $208 million threshold. Should their payroll exceed $208 million, the Cubs will be penalized for their overages for a second straight season. Thus, the organization is looking to get under the threshold this offseason, which signing Castellanos would complicate.

Rosenthal’s report brings back memories of last offseason; the Cubs were handcuffed by a self-imposed budget due to their payroll being right around the luxury tax threshold. They were economic in their spending, adding low-cost free agents Daniel Descalso, Tony Barnette, Brad Brach, Xavier Cedeno and Kendall Graveman. Whether it be due to injury, ineffectiveness or some combination of the two, those players had minimal-to-no impacts on the 2019 Cubs.

Castellanos, on the other hand, was an integral piece of the Cubs last season after they acquired him from the Tigers at the trade deadline. The 27-year-old slashed .321/.356/.646, hitting 16 home runs and 21 doubles in 51 games. That performance improved Castellanos' value entering free agency, and multiple teams are reportedly pursuing him — including the Cubs.

Could the Cubs shed enough salary to open space for Castellanos on the payroll? Sure, but they’re looking to upgrade their second base, center field and high-leverage relief production. As great as Castellanos was with the Cubs, they ultimately may not have the payroll space to bring him back.

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Kyle Schwarber tops off big 2019 by marrying longtime girlfriend Paige Hartman

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Kyle Schwarber tops off big 2019 by marrying longtime girlfriend Paige Hartman

2019 has been a momentous year for Kyle Schwarber.

On the diamond, Schwarber had a career season, posting personal bests in home runs (38) and RBIs (92). Something clicked for him offensively post-All-Star break, as he slashed .280/.366/.631 while hitting 20 homers.

Schwarber topped that off in a big way Saturday, marrying longtime girlfriend and highschool sweetheart Paige Hartman. Take a look at some visuals from the event:

Here's to a lifetime of happiness for the couple!

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