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Pujols' Departure Can't Catch St. Louis Off Guard
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- When a 10-foot statue of Albert Pujols was unveiled last month outside his restaurant in suburban St. Louis, hopeful fans took it as a sign he was staying put.

Turns out it wasn't.

Pujols has decided to leave for the Anaheim Angels. It's less of a stunner than manager Tony La Russa's decision to retire right after the Cardinals won the World Series. La Russa seemed to be a baseball lifer.

The possibility of a Pujols' departure had been percolating since the first day of spring training when he cut off contract talks.

Plan B has been in place for some time, and now the Cardinals have millions to spend on upgrades.

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