Dec 29, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT
According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Pujols will get just $12 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013.
Because of those low early salaries, the deal jumps to over $30 million annually near its conclusion.
The Angels recently signed off on a huge television contract that will guarantee them between $100-$150 million per season over the next 20 years, and they have a dedicated fanbase in Southern California that generates yearly attendance totals over 3 million. But we’re thinking there will come a day when the Angels’ higher-ups greatly regret the structure of the Pujols deal. He’ll be 41 years old when the 10-year pact expires, and he’s already showing subtle signs of decline. Remember, Pujols also got a full no-trade clause.
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