Pujols, Fielder Report to New Spring Homes

By: AP
By: AP

UNDATED (AP) -- Two of baseball's prized offseason acquisitions showed up at their new teams' training camp Monday morning.
Albert Pujols (POO'-hohls) reported to the L.A. Angels facility in Arizona. The three-time National League MVP headed to the clubhouse to meet his new teammates, but not before stopping at the team's equipment room, where he was introduced to several employees and clubhouse attendants.
Pujols left the St. Louis Cardinals in December after 11 seasons for a contract in the $250 million range.
Meanwhile, Prince Fielder was an early arrival at the Tigers camp in Florida. The slugging first baseman agreed to a $214 million, nine-year contract with Detroit after playing his entire big league career in Milwaukee.
He joins slugger Miguel Cabrera and ace Justin Verlander to form an imposing trio of MVP-caliber players in their primes.
In other new from around the major leagues:
-- Manny Ramirez and the Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a minor league contract. Ramirez is expected to report to spring training by the end of the week. The 12-time All-Star is due to serve a 50-game suspension for his second positive drug test before he can play for the A's. Barring rainouts, his first game could be May 30 -- on his 40th birthday.
-- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Raul Ibanez (rah-ool ee-BAHN'-yehz) and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract. The 39-year-old outfielder played with Philadelphia the last three seasons. He is expected to be the Yankees' primary designated hitter against right-handed starting pitchers. New York chose Ibanez over former Yankees Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui (hih-DEK'-ee mat-SOO'-ee), who also are free agents.

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