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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: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

it doesn't really make a difference if its backloaded or frontloaded. its still going to be the same amount of money...$250 million
It does to the team if they have a budget they have to meet.  If I have $100 million to spend in 2012 and one player is making $25 million, that's 1/4 of what I can spend that year, but if he's making $10 million, I still have 9/10 of may payroll to work with.  So, in this case, when Pujols is 40 and making $30 million or more and my payroll is only $100 million (I know the Angels payroll is higher, just using it as an example) then as his numbers are declining, I'm investing more money in a lesser player leaving me with less money to surround him with talent.


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. 



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Shame on Cardinal fans -- you have had a role model and a consummate professional for 11 of arguably the best years strung together by a player, the guy never complained, lead you guys to a couple world series, played out his contract, and your organization wasn't willing to pay him what he was worth.  Now it is Pujols fault???
I'm sad to see Pujols go, but the money he's making (on the backend) is insane.  While I wanted to see Pujols stay, we can't pay him $25 million when he's in his late 30's.  It's just organizational suicide.  


His numbers have dropped over the past three years.  They're still great numbers, and we'd be a better team the next 3-4 years with him on the team, but he's showing a decline.  His slash line has been consistantly dropping.  These are all warning signs.  We offered him $26 million for 5 years after the season.  Obviously it's not the length, but at the time it was far and away the most anyone was offering on a per season basis.  Then they offered 9/$198 which would have got him $22 million/season, he didn't like it b/c money was deferred, and it wasn't 100% guaranteed.  


Only problem I have is that he said he wants to win, and he expected us to earmark close to 1/4 of our salary to him for the next decade.  Just think about that.  If you don't see that offer as being nuts, then you need some help.  If you add Holliday's contract to that, you'd be at $42 million for 2 players, when our payroll is below $110 million.  By the time you add our starting rotation salary and you're down to roughly $22 million to spend on the following: an entire bullpen, a center fielder, a right fielder, a second baseman, a SS, a third baseman, a catcher and an entire set of bench players.  We resigned Berkman, and Molina is still under contract, so that would have left us having to pay the league minimum to the rest of the team.  


We don't have the luxury of signing a $150 million dollar/year TV contract this year to help out... we have to rely on, god forbid, actually going to all 81 games and averaging about 70,000 less people a season than LA in a county that is 1/10 the size of LA (LA averaged 39,090/game, St. Louis averaged 38,196/game in 2011 in a stadium that sits 2,000 less).   


I wish him the best, and would have preferred him to stay, just not on anywhere near the same conditions as what LA gave him.  If LA does well, that's great, but by backloading the contract, to me, defeats the purpose.  Pujols' contract will just start to get real expensive when he's 35 and declining, and then Wells' TERRIBLE contract will come off the books.  



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

it doesn't really make a difference if its backloaded or frontloaded. its still going to be the same amount of money...$250 million



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

You say he is a team player for taking less at the begining to sign other players. Maybe that's true. Will he still be a team player when he's 40+ making 30 mil a year and they can't sign other players because he makes so much. Imagine paying Bobby Abreu 30 mil for the numbers he put up.
That's Albert in 10 years.
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.

If anything -- most of the posts I've read on these boards tell me how spoiled the Cardinal fans were with Pujols.  They just assumed he would continue to take a discount for his entire career.  I don't care if he was making millions -- he wasn't even close to being paid like the best player in baseball.  Now your front office won't pay him again and it is HIS fault????

Shame on Cardinal fans -- you have had a role model and a consummate professional for 11 of arguably the best years strung together by a player, the guy never complained, lead you guys to a couple world series, played out his contract, and your organization wasn't willing to pay him what he was worth.  Now it is Pujols fault???  I'm a Tigers fan -- which means I am going to have to see Pujols 5 or 6 times a year now -- it makes me upset to hear fans talk about the guy as if he did something wrong, when his entire career all he ever did was right. 



Since: Dec 30, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Its nuts that nobody sees the real story here. This is s business and Moreno made a great business decision but the public can't comprehend the numbers.

Dodgers were going for lucrative Fox TV contract
Arte wanted that contract
Arte asks FOX if he gets Pujols can he have contract
Arte signs Pujols
Arte got the TV Contract

Arte paying Pujols $260M over next ten years
Fox paying Arte $2B ($100M more per year than Angels getting now) over next 20 years.

Meaning, even before a pitch is made or an additional ticket is purchased, that deal pays for Pujols by itself in 3 years and then 17 years of making $100M per year additional profit.

Still a dumb deal? This is all more business than we like to see it.



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

I do not see one player bringing in over 200 million dollars of additional revenue in ten years especially in the Southern California market where it is if you are not winning we are not supporting you so no revenue, But what I beleive the whole economic since in this whole deal to Moreno is that he knows if he does not start making it deep into the playoffs soon it does not matter if his payroll is 70 million or 180 million a year that the risk of what is happening to the Dodgers is very near so basically it is win now if not sell the team and let the next owners worry about ten years from now, which besides this point I believe 5 years from now Pujols will waive his no trade agreement and be in a KC uniform with a reneggotiated contract.




Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

It's all about progression.... Briancrackhead doesn't understand that.  He lives in the past.... just useless.
The Jets past success is too long ago for most people to remember, and the future is not looking too bright.

Chaz NOBALLS has been taking up the pooper for too long. Since his brain is located there it is hard for it to put together a comprehensive thought. Chaz also has extreme man love for Tubby Kotite and Sandchize and wants to take a bubble bath with them outdoors in the moonlight with a gollon of strawberry vaseline. Chaz Balls is equal opportunity and loves both men and boys too much.

43 Years and Counting!!!!!!




Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

JC LOL...

it was done in NY!   
You missed my point.
If this deal was made for the Yankees, people would be crying foul. Whenever the Yankees spend money like this, they're "buying" championships.
I'm not talking about what happened with Arod and certainly not what happened with Arod since his deal (his roid scandal), I'm just talking about teams spending money.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Talk about counting your chickens.
If I'm not mistaken, it seems Philly fans did that 2 years in a row when Halladay came to town. How'd that work out?
Same goes for LA. They're not automatic WS champions just because they spent $250 million on 1 bat.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

JC LOL...

it was done in NY!    AROD has the same contract and he is a CHEAT that is TERRIBLE in big situations....

look at ARODS stats in all his years in PLAYOFFS--simply AWFUL  AWFUL AWFUL!

People didnt complain about arods contract (when it was announced during a world series)
they thought it was fair for the "future HR  KING", then his steroid abuse came out and he hasnt been crap since!

serious AROD is about STATS and is UNCLUTCH, Pujols is about Team and winning and is clutch  YET THEY MAKE THE SAME!!!

actually AROD has made more than PUJOLS  for the last 10 years!!

again people, AROD has beenpaid more than pujols for the last 10 years, and will be paid more than Pujols for the next 5 years!


read that again and you will see what a bargain Pujols actually is/was!


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