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Dipoto not concerned about Pujols’ age

Upon signing Albert Pujols to a 10-year deal that’s reportedly worth $254 million and will take the first baseman through his age-41 season, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was asked about Pujols’ age, which is listed as 31 but has come under scrutiny because of a history of age fraud in the Dominican Republic.

“I will say that Albert Pujols’s age to me is not a concern,” Dipoto responded. “He’s an honorable man. I think he’s a very respectful man, and I’m not a scientist. I can’t tell you where he is. But I can tell you he hits like he’s 27.”

– Alden Gonzalez 

Angels also sign C.J. Wilson

Industry sources have told Rangers MLB.com reporter T.R. Sullivan that C.J. Wilson has agreed on a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels, joining Albert Pujols in Anaheim and providing a serious threat to the division-rival Rangers.

– Alden Gonzalez 

Angels reach a deal for Albert Pujols

The Angels have signed Albert Pujols, arguably the greatest player of this era, sources told MLB.com on Thursday morning.

The deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and Jon Heyman of MLB Network, is for 10 years and could be worth at least $250 million. It also includes a reported no-trade clause.

The previous night, the Angels had surprisingly popped up in rumors linking them to Pujols for the second time in 24 hours, with a baseball source confirming to MLB.com that their intentions were indeed serious.

– Alden Gonzalez, Matthew Leach 

DiPoto mum on C.J.; bullpen arm may be coming

If the Angels are indeed stepping up their efforts to sign C.J. Wilson, their general manager, Jerry DiPoto, isn’t saying.

Meeting with the media in the early part of Wednesday afternoon – the last full day of the Winter Meetings – DiPoto wouldn’t comment on the progress with Wilson, but did say smaller, cheaper bullpen additions could be on the forefront.

“I can’t say that we’re certain we’re creeping up on anything,” DiPoto said. “We’ve certainly continued to make progress on the things that we’re pursuing. If anything, I feel like we’re getting closer to solving some of our desire to get deeper in the bullpen. If I had a sense as to what might happen quickly, that may be the thing. But no certainty.”

An industry source told MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro that the Halos are increasing their efforts to sign Wilson, with hopes of a deal getting done on Wednesday. But the situation remains fluid, and it could hinge on whether or not the Marlins are able to acquire ballyhooed slugger Albert Pujols.

Multiple reports said on Wednesday that the Marlins had offered six years to Wilson, probably as a backup plan if they’re not able to retain Pujols.

“We’re very comfortable with the conversations we’ve had with a variety of players and teams,” DiPoto said, “and we’ll see where it goes.”

Late Tuesday night, the Angels were deemed to be the third team – along with the Marlins and Cardinals – in the hunt for Pujols. For his part, DiPoto didn’t categorically deny the Angels’ interest in Pujols, but did restate: “That’s not where our focus has been.”

– Alden Gonzalez

Cards may have clearer line on Pujols — UPDATED

The Cardinals’ path toward retaining Albert Pujols may be getting clearer. Multiple reports have indicated that the Miami Marlins are out of the pursuit for the three-time National League Most Valuabe Player, and while signs are that it’s not quite that cut-and-dried, it does appear that recent developments favor St. Louis.

A Major League source said flatly on Wednesday that the Marlins are not out of the bidding, and a second source said that “the door is not closed.” But Miami’s front office has begun pursuing other options, including an aggressive push for free-agent left-hander Mark Buehrle.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Marlins will not sign Pujols, but it has been clear for some time that Miami desired a quick resolution and is willing to move on if it is not able to reel in the superstar.

It’s unclear exactly how many clubs are in seriously on Pujols. Reports Tuesday night indicated the presence of a third team in the bidding, with a 10-year offer, but that team has not been identified publicly.

St. Louis presented a new offer to Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano, on Tuesday. That offer reportedly reached 10 years, but a Major League source indicated that a deal of that length was never presented by the Cardinals.

–Matthew Leach

Angels closing in on C.J.

The Angels are believed to be closing in on signing local product C.J. Wilson.

An industry source told MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro that the Halos are ramping up efforts to sign the ace left-hander, with hopes of a deal getting done today.

Late Tuesday night, the Angels were deemed to be the third “mystery team” – along with the Marlins and Cardinals – in the hunt for slugger Albert Pujols.

But it seems Wilson is not only the target, but the likely acquisition.

Alden Gonzalez

Cardinals make offer to Pujols

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday evening that his team has tendered a new contract offer to Albert Pujols. Mozeliak declined to provide any specifics on the offer, or to illuminate how or whether it differs from the club’s offer last winter to Pujols.

Still, it’s movement, and is believed to be the first offer the club has made since the season ended. Asked whether the ball was in the Cardinals’ court or that of Pujols’ camp, Mozeliak simply said: “theirs.”

The Marlins have reportedly made a 10-year offer to Pujols, and the two clubs appear to be the only serious suitors for the three-time National League Most Valuable Player at this time. Florida has aggressively stepped up its pursuit of Pujols since the Winter Meetings began.

Mozeliak told reporters that he has the impression that resolution on Pujols’ situation could well come sooner rather than later.

–Matthew Leach

12/6 Pujols to Cubs? Maybe, if willing to take fewer years

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the Cubs have made a “qualifying bid” for free agent slugger Albert Pujols. That doesn’t mean the Cubs are offering a 10-year package, but they may have dangled a five-year deal which would include a no-trade clause. A 10-year mega contract is not likely because that does not doesn’t fit into what Theo Epstein has said he wants to do in Chicago. Epstein did meet with Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano on Monday, although Epstein said those discussions were more about pitcher Rodrigo Lopez. The Post-Dispatch says it confirmed the Cubs did submit a bid for Pujols. A Cubs official denied the reports. Jon Heyman of MLB Network says the Cubs are eyeing Prince Fielder more than Pujols. However, Heyman also reported the Marlins are offering Pujols a 10-year contract. The Cardinals had offered Pujols an eight-year, $111 million deal.

– Carrie Muskat

Cardinals Monday tidbits

A few Cardinals tidbits:

* John Mozeliak and Bill DeWitt met with Dan Lozano for about an hour, and Mozeliak expects to speak with him again tonight. Mozeliak did not go into much detail as to the pace or results of the talks, but acknowledged that he wouldn’t be surprised if things pick up with Albert Pujols and various teams in the next few days.

* Per Mozeliak, the club is not assuming it has any “last right of refusal” for another team’s offer to Pujols. He said he has not asked and team Pujols has not indicated.

* Jesse Sanchez reported earlier today that the Cardinals are one of five teams in the hunt for Octavio Dotel. However, Mozeliak indicated that there’s really not much movement with Dotel right now.

* Mozeliak reiterated that the Cardinals will not be adding a starting pitcher, even if they do not sign Pujols.

* The Cardinals have spoken with Pujols directly since the season ended, not just with Lozano.

* Mozeliak acknowledged that it’s unlikely — “not inconceivable,” but unlikely — that the club has BOTH Skip Schumaker and Ryan Theriot next year. One or the other could well return, but probably not both.

–Matthew Leach

12/5 Cubs talk to Pujols’ agent re: Lopez

Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, did meet with the agent for Albert Pujols on Monday. But agent Dan Lozano also represents Rodrigo Lopez, whom the Cubs would like to return to give them pitching depth.

“You see [Lozano] going into someone’s room, it’s not always that you’re there to talk about the big Kahuna,” Epstein said.

That’s the nature of the Winter Meetings, which officially got underway Monday at the Hilton Anatole with lots of talk, and not a lot of action.

The Cubs do need a first baseman, but Pujols and the multi-year mega deal he’s seeking doesn’t appear to fit what Epstein & Co. are trying to do. Bryan LaHair might. Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer did meet with LaHair, who was at the meetings to receive an award Monday after leading all of the Minor Leagues with 38 home runs at Triple-A Iowa. No promises were made to LaHair, who still has a few more weeks to play in Venezuela.

“We told him we appreciate the things he can do as a player and asked him to concentrate on certain elements of his game as well and said we look forward to seeing him in Spring Training,” Epstein said.

At least LaHair is an option. As far as third base, Epstein said, they “have internal candidates more than definite internal solutions.”

Jeff Baker, DJ LeMahieu, Josh Vitters and Junior Lake on the Cubs roster as options at third. There were reports the Cubs had talked to the Rockies about Ian Stewart, and Epstein said they’ve put a few feelers out.

“We’re not close to anybody,” Epstein said.

– Carrie Muskat

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