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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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Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Bondz is loathed and a cheater, Pujols is Idolized and is Clean..

who Idolized Bondz?  who wearz a Bondz Jersey?  i dont know of any...



PS:

Beltran : That's why last season was so surprising. After missing 179 games the previous two years, Beltran was rejuvenated.


CAUSE HE WAS IN A CONTRACT YEAR!  dude only plays for a contract...guaranteed he will be hurt most of next year with  his "bad knee"

Look at Pujols stats for hus Career, the guy is the most consistent player ever.....

BTW  his 3 HR in the World series game where all MOON SHOTS....MOON SHOTS...guy has PLENTY left...



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:57 am
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Jury is out on clean.



Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:56 am
 

In reply to "fandango"

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!




Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:55 am
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

The Yankees signed him because they wanted to win. If that is the case go back and sign Bonds he is still looking for a team!



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:53 am
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

As far as Arod goes he has averaged over 35 home runs and 100+ RBIs every year with the Yankees until this past year when he reached the age of 36 and that was with the help of the juice. Go figure he is now starting to be hurt and his production declines. The yankees signed him to this contract when he was 28  not 32. Point here is againtPujos will only have a few good years left.



Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:53 am
 

Hey Angels....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

ROFL...you can have him you morons!



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:52 am
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

BOMC,

at age 42, he will be the home run king....how is he not worth $50 million as the active homerun king?

maybe hes worth 60 million?

not many chances you get to have the active home run king on your roster, that is why the yanks gave AROID $25 mill for 10 years...$250 is the going rate to have a CLEAN HR king in your uniform...

the yanks set the market, blame them, and the Cardinals for not locking up Pujols before he became a FA.



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:47 am
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Your point is well taken. None of those contracts were good for the team and Pujos will fall into the same category 3 to 4 years from now. 30 MILLION AT AGE 41. Enough said.



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:44 am
 

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. 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. Oh by the way by your own definition Pujos will be a bust the first year he is an Angel!



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:34 am
 

Report: Pujols contract heavily backloaded

Ripped off? I guess they held a gun to his head when he signed his previous contract. Sure he was underpaid compared to other contracts signed later by less talented players but that is always the case in sports. The only way to change that would be to have every contract renegotiated every year based on previous years stats. Never will happen. Baseball is out of control with there guaranteed salaries. Back in 1970 Steve Carlton was traded because he wanted a $3000 increase after winning 19 games and the Redbirds traded him for Rick Wise. Terrible move on there part but shows you how much baseball has changed in the past 40 years. The players had to work in the off season to take care of their family. Now a 500 picture with a3.8 era makes 8 million a year. Out of control.


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