- Jim Bowden, ESPN Insider
After years of watching his team be outbid in the free-agent market, Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno took matters into his own hands this past week by signing the best player in baseball, Albert Pujols, and the best pitcher on the free-agent market, C.J. Wilson.
While Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was lauded for the Angels’ bold moves at the winter meetings, he deflected any credit for signing All-Star first baseman Albert Pujols.
“That was all Arte Moreno and his family,” Dipoto said.
Indeed, the list of free agents the Angels have missed out on reads like a future Hall of Fame ballot: Mark Teixeira, Carl Crawford, Cliff Lee, Adrian Beltre, among others. However, upon examining a flat market with typical big spenders such as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies already equipped with All-Star first basemen and thus sitting out the bidding for Pujols and Fielder, Moreno saw that the time to strike was now.