Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Pujols Move

I love Albert Pujols - think he's a monster hitter, great player all around. But a 10 year contract for a quarter of a billion dollars? No. Why not? Not because that money is ridiculous for a guy to play a game. I think there are players who might be worth it. I just think Pujols is probably not one of them. My guess is that his ten best years are behind him, not ahead. They're in St. Louis, not Los Angeles.

Don't get me wrong. He's worth a lot. But would the Angels have ponied up that cash if they thought he'd do what he did last year (.299 / 37 / 99) for the next ten years? Those are great numbers, but not Pujols of old. And speaking of old... At his age, they're basically paying him for the next five years of production and would have to consider anything beyond that as gravy.

Of course, if he rebounds and gift wraps a couple of playoff appearances in the next couple of years, that mighht satisfy, no? I'll be interesting to watch. I'd love to see him return to form.


Blogger Bill Crider said...

If they use him only at DH, that might extend his career. It's what I'd do in their position, but that's a real load of cash for a DH.

December 08, 2011 5:50 PM  
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