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“This is a footprint contract, because it follows the footprint laid by other great players,” said agent Scott Boras, who negotiated Rodriguez’s deals. “Putting a hitter like Albert Pujols in a big market, where he can be a DH, I think it’s a win-win for everybody.”

Pujols‘ numbers in nearly every major offensive category are on a three-year decline, but he remains among the game’s elite. He hit 37 home runs last season, running his 30-homer streak to 11 years, and batted .299 with 99 RBIs. He led the Cardinals‘ improbable late-season surge and became only the third player to hit three home runs in a World Series game following Ruth and Reggie Jackson.

Yahoo Sports first reported the Pujols agreement.

Reaction around the major leagues was swift.

“For 2012, two wilds cards and no Albert Pujols. I’m happy,” said Sandy Alderson, general manager of the Cardinals‘ NL rival New York Mets.