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More details of Albert Pujols’ contract with the Angels

Dec 30, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

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Jerry Crasnick of reported yesterday that Albert Pujols‘ 10-year contract with the Angels is extremely backloaded, including salaries of $12 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013 and jumping to $30 million at its conclusion. Now Jon Heyman of has some more details.

According to Heyman’s sources, Pujols is actually guaranteed $250 million from the Angels, not the $254 million sum that has been widely reported. This includes $10 million in “personal services” obligations to the Angels’ organization following his retirement, so he’ll be paid a total of $240 million from 2012-2021. It’s not clear whether the personal services contract will be counted toward the luxury tax.

Here’s the breakdown by year:

2012: $12 million
2013: $16 million
2014: $23 million
2015: $24 million
2016: $25 million
2017: $26 million
2018: $27 million
2019: $28 million
2020: $29 million
2021: $30 million

Per a report by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports earlier this month, Pujols will get an additional $3 million from the Angels if he reaches 3,000 hits and $7 million if he tops Barry Bonds’ all-time record of 762 career home runs. While Heyman has the deal potentially topping out at $260 million, Crasnick reported yesterday that he could earn $265 million with additional incentives.

  1. mattjerr - Dec 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    What does he get when he gets pointed out as a juicer?

    • jwbiii - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:24 PM

      Since we’re missing $14M from the originally announced contract, maybe he gets a $600K non-performance enhanced bonus for every test he passes. If the current testing regimen continues, that works out about right.

  2. tn16 - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    What happens if he retires before the contracts over

    • quintjs - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      100 articles will be written detailing how stupid the writer things he is for leaving all that money on the table.

      and 54 articles about how lucky the Angels are for getting out of paying Pujols said money.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      They have him committed to a mental institution. Because surely he’s crazy.

      • randygnyc - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:15 PM

        The reality is that during Pujols entire career, he wont be the highest paid player for even 1 year as I suspect during the back end of this contract there will be atleast another player who’ll be making more than his 28-30 million per year.

  3. imaduffer - Dec 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    baseaball ben berry berry good to me…………….SNL

  4. 78mu - Dec 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Having watched Pujols in St. Louis I know a lot of that money will be going to the Dominican Republic where it will do a lot of good. He missed the Cardinals visit to the White House in 2007 because he was in the DR with doctors from St. Louis. A dentist that went with Pujols on a trip there talked about how active he is with his foundation and that it’s not just a tax write-off.

    I know it’s easy to take shots at him and his wife for leaving St. Louis but for all that he does I don’t begrudge him one bit.

    • lovesmesomeme - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      Who freaking cares what kind of good works he does for Jesus. This has nothing to do with Jesus, he signed a contract to whoever paid him the most money. St louis chose not to sign him because he was not going to be worthy of that kind of money after 5 maybe six years at the most. Don’t worry st Louis there’s a bible thumper out there willing to take his place, as a matter of fact you can borrow our resident God guy Tim Tebow if you would like. He’s going to fold like a chair tomorrow so he will be free till at least July

  5. btwicey - Dec 30, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    The best hitter in years has just got a contract worthy of it, enough said.

    • paperlions - Dec 31, 2011 at 11:09 AM

      Yeah, if he was still 25 yrs old.

  6. steelerchicken - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    I love the bonus money for 3,000 hits and home run record. His agent is agent of the year for this contract and the girls he provides for his clients

  7. drewgg60 - Dec 31, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Of all pro athletes that get these insane contracts, Pujols is one that deserves it most. I don’t agree salaries need to be that much though. Who is paying for it ? FANS. MAKES ME SICK LOOKING AT ALL THE $$$ wrapped up in 1 ballplayer knowing it gets much worse until fans stay home. I’ll find a college team I can take my kid to see 20xs next year and spend a fraction of what it will cost to see two mlb games.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 31, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      I hope you’re talking about college baseball. Because if it’s football or basketball, you’ll spend just as much money, but it won’t be going to the people who actually entertain you.

  8. spudchukar - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    It is becoming more and more clear, that it wasn’t just about the money.

    • paperlions - Dec 31, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      Because….he didn’t take the largest contract?

  9. 27xwschamps - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    WTF !! How much is a freaking enough ?

    • paperlions - Dec 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      Ask the owners or the fans, they are the ones pushing the boundaries of profits off of baseball entertainment and the ones willing to spend such outrageous prices for tickets, parking, concessions, and cable packages.

      The money is being generated by the talent on the field, they are the ones most deserving of that money….everyone else is just facilitating, and while they should get paid, there is no logical basis for concluding that they should make more than the talent.

  10. bearsstillsuck - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    I hate baseball more than ever now.

  11. echech88 - Dec 31, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Still don’t understand the outrage over what he’s making.

    1.) Kobe Bryant is making $25M, $27M and $30M over the next 3 seasons in the NBA in Los Angeles and I do not see people up in arms or even batting an eyelash over it. And he is well known to be past his prime.

    Is Albert not the equivalent of a Kobe Bryant/Shaq/LeBron type player?

    2.) The present day value of those last few years is not as outlandish as we think it will be. Remember when $20M a year in baseball was out of this world 7-10 years ago? $30M in 10 years will feel more like $22-25M due to inflation and escalating player costs.

    It is a lot, no doubt, but it will not be crippling the Angels as much as people think.

  12. wardmanone - Dec 31, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    I guess I need to understand here we are upset that an employee took more money from another employer and we are upset with him because we felt he owed it to past employer and fans? Would anyone realistically turn down more money and security from another employer if offered it? The Owners wouldn’t pay the employee unless they could afford it unless of course you are the Mets-Dodgers

    • hustleandflomax - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      Abso-freakin-lutely, wardmanone. To those begrudging an athlete for how much money they are making, consider how much the top actors (i.e. Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, etc…) make for their craft, it’s all exactly the same relevance. People pay good money to watch them do their thing, they have a talent that most of us don’t and are paid handsomely for it. If it doesn’t go to Albert Pujols, it goes to Arte Moreno.

      Obviously, Arte thinks the gamble is worth it–and it probably will be for him. Look at all the buzz his Angels are getting this offseason and how excited the Angels fans are as they anticipate Spring Training. Good for Arte and good for Albert. And oh yeah, good for Bill DeWitt and the Cardinals too…they knew they don’t have the TV contract that Moreno has, yet they know they’ll still have a competitive team and they know that St. Louis fans will still pour into Busch Stadium to watch their favorite baseball team play because they’ll still compete well.

  13. seanb20124 - Dec 31, 2011 at 8:45 PM


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