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Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:50 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 7:19 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

We already knew Albert Pujols signed a gargantuan 10-year contract worth over $250 million to play for the Angels. What we didn't know initially was how the contract would break down. Considering the Angels went into the offseason saying they couldn't drastically increase payroll, it's not overly surprising that Pujols' contract is reportedly backloaded pretty heavily. From Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com:
Pujols will make a base salary of $12 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013, said a source. His salary will gradually increase until it surpasses $30 million annually near the end of the deal.
Crasnick also notes that Pujols agreeing to have a lower salary in the next two seasons helped the Angels afford to sign starting pitcher C.J. Wilson. Then again, getting paid over $30 million when he's surpassed 40 years of age doesn't exactly sound too shabby for Pujols.

Also, Crasnick reports the deal has taken a while to finalize because the it includes a "personal services contract with the Angels once [Pujols'] playing days are done."

Pujols turns 32 this coming January, so he'll turn 42 before the final year of this contract. And, again, he'll make over $30 million that season. While Pujols has been the best player in baseball for a while -- finishing in the top five of MVP voting 10 of his 11 seasons, it's hard to see him being worth anywhere close to that salary in 10 years. The Angels are obviously counting on him earning back the entirety of the deal in the first five to seven years.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

If you frontload it, then you're commiting a larger % of your budget on a player who will contribute at a high level, and then when he's 40 and less productive, you're paying him less so you can go get a guy to take some of the pressure off... not sure how that's a difficult concept. 

No. You are so wrong it's not even funny.  The goal is to pay LESS while a player is still going to put up monster numbers and free up some cash to sign others like C.J to help the team win a world series.   If and when the Angels win a world series none of that backloaded money means a thing because the owners rake in 10's of millions more then they normally would.   Plus backloading the contract allows the team to make every penny they can of the signing of Pujols through ticket sales, merchandise, etc  and let that money pile up to be used to pay Pujols in  his late years. 

And seriously, I have a question.  Why don't you people understand that 30 million in MLB 8 to 10 years from now is worth quite a bit less then it is now?  MLB teams will certainly be bringing in more money through MLB's tv deal then they do now and once again people are forgetting the Angels just signed a 3 billion dollar contract with espn for 150 million per year for 20 years !!!

And there is no need to tell me the Angels aren't going to NET an extra 150 million after expenses because anybody with a brain knows that.  I'll say this much though... the Angels are certainly going to net more then they ever have before and much more then most teams.  How many other teams have a 3 billion dollars side tv deal in MLB?

I've never seen such a great signing smashed by so many fans....  



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

without Pujols, the card DONT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, let alone win 2 WS

both years they won the world series, they got into the playoffs BY ONE GAME!!  BY ONE GAME!!!!!!

Pujols had over 25 gw RBI in bothe those seasons..if the cards had Howard instead of Pujols, they dont Sniff a WS....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Really??  Bobby Abreu??  Here I thought St Louis had some intelligent fans.  HOW IN GOD'S GREEN EARTH CAN YOU COMPARE BOBBY ABREU TO ALBERT PUJOLS????  Bobby Abreu has never put up a single season near the career averages of Albert Pujols.

It truly cracks me up to listen to how bitter the Cardinal fans are, when they have no one to blame but the front office.  Pujols should have been given a monster extension years ago, making him the highest paid player in baseball, not named ARod.  The guy played at a discount in St. Louis for basically his entire career and the Cardinals front office STILL low balled him when it was time to pay the guy finally.

Mike. Looks like we're on the same page, that's for sure.  So far these guys have compared Pujols to Beltran and Abreu.... never in my life did I ever think baseball fans could be that stupid.  I said a long time ago on these boards that Pujols would be leaving St Louis but some of THE SAME PEOPLE on here "happy" he's gone told me I was nuts months ago and a year ago.  The Cards had their chances to sign Pujols and they blew it.   They should have signed him to an extension 2 years ago for God sakes.... they were too stupid to either sign him a long time ago or at the very least trade him before he became a 10-5 player with trade veto rights.  

A year ago Pujols asked for 300 million for 10 years and the Cards supposedly offered around 210 million.  All they had to do was split the difference a year ago and sign him to a 250 million dollar deal and this thread wouldn't exist, Pujols would still be in St Louis.  But instead they waited until the last second and have the nerve to blame everybody but themselves.

My favourite part of all this is morons that think St Louis is going to be a better team without Pujols... more then one person on CBS boards have said that..... just stupid thinking.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Crazy! He wont be worrth the money for more than 5 years. Oh well not my coin!



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

finally someone who gets it!

WORTH EVERY PENNY  and then SOME

THE ALLTIME HOMERUN KING , HOF in an ANGELS UNIFORM...priceless



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

12 million in his first year, 16 in the second...this is when the return comes.  Just imagine that the contract is flipped.  It doesnt matter what he gets paid per year, thats not how you look at these things.  Jersey sales, fan interest (which means ad $$), additional tickets, possible post season (which is huge $$).  He is worth every penny, even if they are still paying him off when he is 42


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