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Albert Pujols’ contract carries $10M in milestone incentives

Dec 18, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

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The Angels signed first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $254 million free agent contract earlier this month. All of that money is guaranteed, and now it has been revealed that the massive deal also carries $10 million worth of milestone-based incentives.

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Pujols will get an additional $3 million from the Halos if he reaches 3,000 hits and $7 million if he manages to top Barry Bonds’ record of 762 career home runs.

Pujols will begin his tenure in Anaheim with 2,073 career hits and 445 home runs. If the 31-year-old is able to maintain the kind of offensive pace he produced in 11 years with St. Louis, he should reach 3,000 hits within the next five or six seasons. The home run record is more of a stretch, but it might be attainable if Pujols mashes for all 10 years of the contract. He’d need to average 31.7 dingers per season through 2021.

Pujols is a .328/.420/.617 career hitter with a 1.037 career OPS. He had 173 hits and 37 homers in 2011.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Dec 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    I would expect to see a steep decline 5 years into this contract. He’s a HOF and 3000 is almost a given but 600 homers is prob the closest he gets to the record.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Dec 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      I amend that, maybe around 625-650.

    • only1stantheman - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Well, he has averaged 40/year, so if you are right and he has 5 more productive years ≈matching his last 11(a bit of a stretch, but for the sake of arguement), then that is 200 more HR for a total of 645, and then he has 5 years to dwindle and DH… So it is definately possible, but we shall see how he fares in Lala land…

      • cosanostra71 - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        this is nitpicking a post that I overall agree with, but he will not be playing in “Lala land”. He plays for the Angels.

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        Stan: Thumbs up for the “Lala Land” reference. Hahaha!

  2. isujames - Dec 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    They gave him $$$$ only a fool would pass up on.

  3. romoscollarbone - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Interesting that the Halos see Bonds as the HR record holder. Lazano should’ve fought for Hanks #.

    • thefalcon123 - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      It’s almost as if they think Bonds hit 762 homers compared to Aaron’s 755. Pure crazy talk if you ask me. We all know Major League baseball didn’t cont runs put up by people who used steroids.

  4. thefalcon123 - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Using Bill James Favorite Toy:

    Albert has a 26% chance at 763
    a 44% chance at 700 homers
    a 97% (!) chance at 600 homers
    a 58% chance at 3,000 hits
    and a 51% chance at 2,000 RBIs

    • foreverchipper10 - Dec 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      Really? 97% for 600 homers but only 58% for 3000 hits? I say he eclipses both easily.

  5. mattjerr - Dec 18, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Let’s see, he’s probably pushing 40 now. If he keeps ‘rioding he should by good for 1,000 jacks.

    • Reflex - Dec 19, 2011 at 1:26 AM

      That would require him to start roiding of course….

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        Reflex: Just chaulk it up to the all drama-all the time Jerry Springer mentality.

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