Poor Albert Pujols.

According to his former manager Tony La Russa, the new Angels slugger has been "in pain'' since he accepted the Angels' 10-year, $254-million offer, reports the Post-Dispatch.

"I know it was a painful decision and it pains him now," La Russa told the Post-Dispatch. "He deserves what he got. He earned it. There's no bad guy here. I think the Cardinals went where they thought they should go. If they can't go farther, they shouldn't.

"There's a lot to explain why Albert is going there," La Russa added. "Mostly, I think it's the system."

Sure, Tony, "the $y$tem."

"I believe in Albert's case he was disappointed there wasn't more enthusiasm from the Cardinals," said La Russa. "The Marlins came at him hard and then here comes Anaheim. I think that the Cardinals were being careful."