The Miami Marlins made the big hits early at Major League Baseball's winter meetings in Dallas but the Los Angeles Angels hit a grand slam to finish them off.
The Angels signed two free-agent prizes Thursday, giving first baseman Albert Pujols a 10-year, $254-million deal and then signing left-handed starter C.J. Wilson to a five-year, $77.5-million contract.
The Marlins, who earlier in the week signed shortstop Jose Reyes, closer Heath Bell and starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, also bid for Pujols and Wilson.
The Marlins are reported to have offered $20 million more over 10 years, but the Angels offered Pujols a no-trade clause, which may have been the clincher.
The Marlins also put in a higher bid for Wilson, but geography was against them -- Wilson is a California native who felt compelled to return home.
Pujols, who will be 32 in January, is a nine-time all-star who won two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, in 2006 and 2011, while Wilson was a World Series finalist with the Texas Rangers each of the past two seasons.
"It's a very exciting day for the Angels community and Southern California as a whole and we're very excited about what this can do for our future." Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto said.
The slugger, who also got an offer worth more than $200 million from the Cardinals, has a career .328 average with 445 home runs in 11 seasons.
Wilson, 31, arguably the top starting pitcher on the free agent market, went 16-7 last season with a career-low 2.94 earned-run average and 206 strikeouts.
DARVISH MAKES PITCH FOR MLB
Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish announced Thursday he intends to play in North America's big leagues next season, ending months of speculation.
Regarded as the best player in the Japanese professional leagues, the 25-year-old right-hander will enter the posting system, in which MLB teams bid for negotiating rights to Japanese players who have yet to become free agents.
Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA this season for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
"Darvish is the No. 1 pitcher in Japan, but we want him to become the ace of the world," Nippon Ham team representative Toshimasa Shimada told ESPN.com.
Once posted by the Fighters, teams can submit sealed bids for the right to negotiate with Darvish. The team with the winning bid then has 30 days to finalize a contract. If a deal isn't reached, Darvish must return to the Fighters for another year, and the Fighters must return the posting fee.
The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees are among the teams expected to bid. The Yankees won the negotiating rights Wednesday to shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of the Seibu Lions for $2.5 million.
HARANG OFFICIALLY A DODGER
The Los Angeles Dodgers made it official Thursday with Aaron Harang, signing the right-handed starter to a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2014.
The deal is believed to be worth $12 million.
Harang, 33, enjoyed a bounce-back season last year with the San Diego Padres, going 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 28 starts. He had won just 18 games in his three previous seasons with the Reds.
"Aaron gives us added depth and another veteran arm to add to our starting rotation," Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said.
It has been an active off-season for the Dodgers, who also have signed outfielder Matt Kemp, catcher Matt Treanor, infielders Jerry Hairston Jr., Adam Kennedy and Mark Ellis, and left-handed starter Chris Capuano.
EVELAND ON MOVE AGAIN
The Baltimore Orioles acquired well-travelled pitcher Dana Eveland on Thursday from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Eveland, 28, has appeared in 100 games (59 starts) in seven seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers. He has a 19-24 record with a 5.52 ERA.
Last season, the left-hander made five starts for the Dodgers, posting a 3.03 ERA.
The Orioles sent minor leaguers Jarret Martin, a pitcher, and Tyler Henson, an outfielder, to Los Angeles. They designated pitcher Willie Eyre for assignment to make room for Eveland on the 40-man roster.
Baltimore also selected pitcher Andrew Loomis from the Philadelphia Phillies and infielder Matt Sweeney (Tampa Bay Rays) in the Rule 5 draft, while sending infielder Greg Miclat to the Rangers, completing last week's trade for catcher Taylor Teagarden.
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