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Alex Rodriguez for Albert Pujols…. who says no?

Jul 26, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

Albert Pujols Reuters

Sure, this is as far-fetched as they come, but wouldn’t both the Yankees and the Angels have to think about this?

Alex Rodriguez currently has about $100 million left on his 10-year, $275 million contract that expires in 2017. Along with a $3 million portion of his signing bonus due next January, he’ll receives salaries of $25 million in 2014, $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in both 2016-17. Plus, he’s still owed about a third of his $28 million salary from 2013.

Albert Pujols, on the other hand, has about $218 million left on his backloaded 10-year, $240 million contract through 2021. His salary jumps from $16 million this year to $23 million next year and then increases by $1 million each season until he makes $30 million in year 10.

So, basically there’s a $120 million difference between the contracts. If you equate A-Rod’s deal as being $100 million of completely dead money, then it’s essentially taking on Pujols at $120 million for 8 1/3 years, a bit less than $15 million per year.

At this point, that’s overly expensive. If Pujols were declared a free agent today, no one is giving him $120 million. Maybe someone would take a chance on him at $15 million per year for two or three years.

Except, for the Yankees, the math is actually a bit more generous. Pujols’ deal, being worth $24 million annually rather than $27.5 million, would aid the Yankees with the luxury tax and make it a little easier to come in under the threshold in 2014 as they desperately want to do.

Frankly, I still think the Yankees say no. I expect Pujols to bounce back and have a couple of better seasons than his 2013 campaign, but the last five years of his deal are a killer. He’s going to make $140 million from ages 37-41. Plus, the Yankees already have Mark Teixeira presumably vastly overpaid at first base. The swap would make a bit more sense if the Angels kicked in the $20 million they’ve saved these first two years by backloading the contract.

With all of the money they’d shed, the Angels would be foolish not to accept the deal if it were proposed to them. After all, there’s the added bonus of not having to pay Rodriguez while he’s suspended by MLB. And maybe he will someday be ruled permanently disabled, at which point insurance would cover 80 percent of his salary.

And, no, I didn’t forget Pujols himself. He has no-trade protection and almost certainly would say no to such a deal. Even if he were curious about playing for the Yankees, it’d be quite the drag on his legacy if he were traded straight up for the most toxic player in baseball.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Jeezus, slow night at HBT apparently…

  2. jimatkins - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Sniffing bus fumes again, evidently.

  3. mrpinkca - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Yankees say no. $118 million dollars to pause this particular surface for what (considering the back loading) is at best a 3 year hiatus from the putrid contract media circus they are in the midst of. Even for the Yankees that’s too much money.

    The cheaper solution is to start treating you’re highest paid player with some respect. Or at the very least try not to leak every single disagreement to the media…

    • biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Treat ARod with respect? You act like most of the scrutiny of ARod is because of the Yankees, instead of the man himself.

    • sabatimus - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      Yankees would be utter fools to say no.

  4. pisano - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Don’t you think the Yankees will think twice before they do this kind of craziness again? They may be dumb, but not Pujols dumb.

    • nbjays - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Not seeing much distinction between “Pujols dumb” and “A-Rod dumb” to be perfectly frank…

    • cackalackyank - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Besides, they are getting ready to be Cano dumb.

  5. biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    A more reasonable trade would be Hamilton for ARod.

  6. senioreditor2 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    and the Angels might save 20+ million more if Arod were suspended…..

  7. andreweac - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Albertross !!! Thanks Arte. Who know “Big Splash” would mean the worst contract in the history of sports.

  8. aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Wow, you must be bored as hell, Pouliot.

  9. jeffa43 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    But… There’s no money to sign Hunter. (pre Josh)

    Could have gave Harvey the extra 500k he wanted.

    Segura… Corbin..

    What a mess to be talking about 100mil contracts.

    All the above for a few million.. Mess

  10. Germano "Iceman" Neres - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Ah, but the Pujols with pinstripes and how DH would “make some noise” in the Bronx, or not!
    I would trade A-Rod for him. It would be good business for both. Pujols playing DH would like everything to be our David Ortiz. Not to mention that, in case of injury Teixeira would have a nice backup.
    I know … is my madness … but dreaming does not cost anything.

    But no longer hypothesized Ortiz wear pinstripes when he was FA?! So …

  11. yankeepunk3000 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    I’m sorry but this is just dumb. Why would the yankees trade A-rod when he is about to be suspended for probally a 100 games and having only 4 seasons left on this horrid contract. They will probally save 10 to 15 million when he gets suspended which will be a bonus. He even might get banned for life (here’s hoping) but instead of all that they will take a terrible back loaded contract for the next 8 year’s that will just cripple their DH spot and be right back where they are right now???? You sir are smoking a little too much of that peace pipe.

  12. Michael Volkmann - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Reblogged this on Michael Volkmanns Blog.

    • yahmule - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM


      • Michael Volkmann - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Would only make sense for the Yankees at the end of the day (although it would be great to see Pujols in Pinestripes) – but it’s a nice thought.

  13. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Uh, what the hell?


  14. Last Road Reviews - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Silly post. Deal makes zero sense. Why would the Angels want a guy on the verge of a suspension and sure the Yanks hand out insanely long contracts, but to their defense at least these guys were still top players at the time. Albert is hitting his decline and why would they wanna be stuck with the guy for what another 8-years?

    If this was the same Albert perhaps it makes sense. Sorry but this was just an idiotic post

  15. cadillacjosh - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    If A-rod continued playing 3rd, I’d rather have Callaspo. Although I never imagined myself saying that.

  16. greymares - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    I think in the long run this would do greater harm to the Yankees, therefore I’M IN !!!

  17. ceboscuit - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    When is A-Rod actually going to play? Never? I’d keep Pujols in a heartbeat. He’s got 3-4 good years left and I’m not sure A-Rod has one.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      I’d keep Pujols in a heartbeat. He’s got 3-4 good years left and I’m not sure A-Rod has one.

      Player A – .272/.353/.430
      Player B – .259/.331/.440

      That’s the most current slash line for the two players mentioned. You think one has 3-4 good years left, and the other has zero.

  18. 6stn - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Joe Pepitone is a Free Agent.

    • yahmule - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Joe Pepitone stuck some crumbled up pieces of popcorn under his foreskin and told the team doctor he had a new kind of venereal disease.

  19. chiadam - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    You’d like to think Rodriguez and Pujols would scare teams away from massive, ginormous ten-year deals for guys in their 30s. You’d like to think that.

  20. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Frankly, I still think the Yankees say no

    Gee you think? Use 1000 words when it could have been said far more simply. Pujols’ current year is almost a carbon copy of Arod’s 2012. Assuming similar declines, and I see zero reason why he’ll bounce back because every single peripheral is declining over the past 3-4 years, it’s simply math.

    Pujols has 8 years left on his deal
    Arod has 5

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Err Arod has 4

      edit function

  21. hitdog042 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    You think the Yankees say no? This site is hilarious. The Angels would laugh in their face. Sure. We will take a walking circus for arod. Sure.

  22. watermelon1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Arod AND granderson for pujols and Hamilton?

  23. stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Pouliot…even you have to admit this is a “dipwad” article.

  24. phillyupperdecker - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    A more feasible trade would be Arod for Ryan Howard. Phillies would save $12M on the Howard deal and could ask for some prospects back from the Yankees. Hell i’ll throw in Michael Young too if the Yanks gave back some prospects.

    A-Rod is owed $86M

    Howard is owed $98M for the remainder of his contract

  25. jwag777 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Dumb story….

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