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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
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: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:22 pm

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Easily one of the worst contracts in baseball history.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:43 pm

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Memo to author Matt Snyder:  Pujols will be 41 in the final year of this contract.  He won't turn 42 until 3 months after the 2021 season ends, which is the 10th season of this contract.  Simple mathematics.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:41 pm

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

"Capture a couple world series titles" Um, how about we play 162 games before we "Capture" the first one.

Talk about counting your chickens.There are quite a few thousand things that could happen over the course of any grueling MLB season that can de-rail your plan to make money SEEM irrelevant.Albert is a great baseball player.There are great players on all good teams who are not going to lay their bats down for the almighty Los Angeles Angels.The entire team is going to be scrutinized at every turn of every game.There are 162 games in a season & all the Angels have to do is lose a few & it's "Whats wrong with Albert"? That stuff must get old.Apparently it drove the Boston Red Sox to drinking & excessive video game playing.Miss the WS & everyone but the players gets fired!

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:07 pm

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Some people on here are funny.
Calling this a good deal? Laughable.
If this was a deal done in NY, people would be crying foul all over the place!!!

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:56 pm

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Just not sure C.J. Wilson is all that.  He didnt do too much in the ALCS or WS.  Did he even get one W?  Way overpaid.  At least Sabathia earned his deal.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:52 pm

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

This deal now sounds even better than on the surface.  To get Pujols for $28 million for the next two years is a steal!  By the time the last 4 years of his deal come about, the Angels will have captured a couple World Series titles and the money will seemingly be irrelevant.  To add CJ to this already good rotation...there is no reason why the Angels shouldn't at least reach the World Series...especially when we see the East Powers pull back some on the money spending frenzy.

Since: Dec 30, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:49 pm
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Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:23 pm

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

You are right, the Cardinals didn't win the World Series because of Pujols. It was Carpenter, Freese, Craig, Berkman and Mott. Pujols hit 3 HR in a blowout game. He also nearly ruined Carpenter's career on a lame ass toss to 1st Base. Pujols' production will stop when is 38 years old. If the Cards still had LaRussa, I would say they would win a World Series before the Angels. Now with Matheny, i don't know. I am glad Pujols' is gone. His ego was getting in the way. Just like it is with Yadier Molina. Get rid of him next. Holiday is over-rated with the money they spent on him. By the way, I am a life long Cardinals fan.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:17 pm

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

You can't buy a World Series!  The Card's didn't win it because of Pujols...he was pretty much a no show in the playoffs.  He had that 1 tremendous game but other than that nothing.  It was the TEAM that won the World Series...not Albert...the TEAM!

The TEAM won the world series, you're right about that.  But if not for Pujols the Cards don't make the playoffs so there is no W.S.

By the way a world series can easily be bought if done the right way.  You need a combination of great pitching and hitting to win it all. And timing is everything as well.....  so there is always an element of luck as well.

As long as Pujols helps the Angels get to the playoffs most years they'll be fine.  Teams make a fortune in the playoffs....  

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:12 pm

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

For three years with the Mets he averaged over 35 home runs 113 rbis and over 100 runs scored a game while playing a great centerfield. Don't thank the Mets fans were crying then. He has been hurt two of the past three years but last year was healthy and hit 300 with 84 rbi. If that is your definition of a bust then you are sure hard to please.

Beltran is not a bust but the guy that said that was responding to somebody else who was comparing Beltran to Pujols.  Calling Beltran a bust is wrong, but comparing Pujols to Beltran doesn't make any sense at all.

By the way Pujos was great the past decade but that was when he was in his prime. You start to slow down and break down after the age of 35 it just happens unless you are juiced. So enjoy him for the next three to four years then you can cry in your beer

Yes, there is a good chance Pujols starts to slow down by the time he turns 35 years old, nobody can argue that point with you. But what I think you and others are missing is the contract being back loaded only helps the Angels.  30 million dollars in 5 to 10 years in MLB isn't going to be worth what it is today.  And with the new deal they signed with ESPN at 150 million per year for 20 years I'm pretty sure they can at the very least a small fraction of that money to cover some of the Pujols contract.   And if the Angels can get to the world series a couple times in the next 5 years that's a lot more revenue the Angels owner is putting in his pocket.  And finally MLB's new tv deal I believe comes up in a couple seasons which will mean a few million more for every MLB team. 

MLB players for the most part are almost always overpaid, that's just how it is and that'll never change.  But don't forget that entry level salaries in MLB are lower then almost every other sport out there.  Take a look at some rosters and stats and you'll find some damn good players, sometimes great players making 400 grand on entry level deals.  MLB teams have control over players for their first 6 seasons in the majors and normally pay them peanuts the first 4 years when they aren't even arbitration eligible.  As long as the Angels get some production here and there from younger and cheap players to offset part of Pujols salary they'll be fine.

There have been A TON of busts in MLB and a ton of bad contracts teams have suffered with for years.  If I wanted to I could probably provide you guys with a couple dozen terrible deals.....   In a league with this many teams you don't land an Albert Pujols if you don't overpay because there is almost always going to be at least a couple teams bidding against each other.  I would much rather be "stuck" with Pujols then 99 percent of some other bad contracts I've seen.  

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