Albert Pujols Contract With Angels Heavily Backloaded

Pujols will reportedly receive $12 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013 as part of his 10-year contract.

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Albert Pujols Contract Breakdown With Los Angeles Angels

More and more details of the Albert Pujols contract with the Los Angeles Angels are emerging. The contract will play the first baseman $240 million over the next 10 years, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, plus another $10 million for a 10-year personal services contract once his playing days are over. DiGiovanna has the year-by-year breakdown:

  • 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

The Angels have $78 million in guaranteed money for 2013 committed to five players (Pujols, Vernon Wells, Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, and Scott Downs), which includes option buyouts for catcher Chris Iannetta and pitchers Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. If those three options are exercised the Angels will have $103.5 million committed to eight players in 2013.

The Angels will owe Pujols, Wilson, Weaver, and Wells a combined $77 million in 2014.

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Albert Pujols Contract Heavily Backloaded, Los Angeles Angels 2012 Payroll At Roughly $150 Million

What we do know is that Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels for 10 years and roughly $254 million. What we don't know are the exact details of the contract, the year-by-year breakdown of the salaries and other details. Well, now thanks to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, we have some details, including the fact that the deal for Pujols is heavily backloaded.

Crasnick reported that Pujols took less up front in order to help the Angels land C.J. Wilson, the top free agent starting pitcher on the market. Wilson signed a five-year, $77.5 million deal to land in Anaheim. Pujols, according to Crasnick, will earn $12 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013, with his salaries surpassing $30 million in the final years of the 10-year pact.

This means the Angels have roughly $129 million committed to 14 players in 2012 (thanks to the always helpful Cot's Baseball Contracts for some of the details).

Angels 2012 Payroll Commitments
Pos Player Salary
OF Vernon Wells $21,000,000
OF Torii Hunter
$18,000,000
SP Jered Weaver $14,000,000
SP Dan Haren $12,750,000
1B Albert Pujols $12,000,000
SP Ervin Santana $11,200,000
SP C.J. Wilson $10,500,000
DH Bobby Abreu $9,000,000
LHP Scott Downs $5,000,000
LHP Hisanori Takahashi $4,200,000
IF Maicer Izturis $3,800,000
C Chris Iannetta $3,550,000
RHP LaTroy Hawkins $3,000,000
SP Jerome Williams $820,000
Totals $128,820,000

There are also arbitration raises due to Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar, Kendrys Morales, and Alberto Callaspo, who made a combined $11.275 million in 2011. Without any other moves, the Angels figure to have a payroll somewhere in the $150 million range in 2012.

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Los Angeles Angels Introduce Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson: 'A Dream Come True' For Owner Arte Moreno

The Los Angeles Angels on Saturday introduced their two newest players, Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, who signed contracts worth a combined $331.5 million. The press conference was held in front of the home plate entrance at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, with an estimated 4,000 or more fans in attendance.

"For me, this is like a dream come true," said owner Arte Moreno, who took the podium to cheers of "Thank you, Arte." Wilson said of his new owner, "Arte is a rock star."

Wilson called Pujols the best right-handed hitter he has ever faced and "the best hitter of our generation."

Pujols said the retirement of manager Tony LaRussa didn't impact his decision to leave the St. Louis Cardinals, the team he was with for the first 11 years of his career. "Today is not talking about why I left St. Louis," Pujols said. "Today is a great day for the Angels organization."

Pujols addressed several of his teammates who were in attendance, including Torii Hunter, Dan Haren, and Jered Weaver. Pujols accidentally called Weaver "Jeff," the name of Jered's brother and a teammate of Pujols in 2006 in St. Louis. Pujols quickly corrected himself, amid laughter.

Wilson called the Angels starting rotation - which features Weaver, Haren, Wilson, and Ervin Santana - the best he has ever been a part of, and was glad to be home. "The last couple years playing against you guys has been difficult, but now I have you guys on my side," said the Fountain Valley native Wilson, who also said he planned to get involved with the community, as he was in Texas.

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Los Angeles Angels New TV Deal Worth $3 Billion Over 20 Years, Per Report

Owner Arte Moreno and the Los Angeles Angels shocked the baseball world at the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning by signing the best available hitter and best available pitcher on the free agent market, inking Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to deals with a combined total of $331.5 million. The reason they were able to make it rain all over Dallas was thanks to a new television contract that will reportedly more than triple their current broadcast revenue.

The Angels have reached a new 20-year deal with Fox Sports worth roughly $3 billion, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. That windfall of $150 million per year is not only the largest in the division, but also $100 million more per season over their previous 10-year, $500 million deal.

Television rights are very popular in southern California, as the Los Angeles Lakers signed a new 20-year deal with Time Warner earlier this year and the Dodgers and Frank McCourt have been battling Fox in court for the right to strike a new deal. The Angels were able to pounce at a time when Fox didn't want to lose all three of those teams to Time Warner, and got their huge contract.

As for the Dodgers, who won in Delaware Bankruptcy Court on Thursday the right to negotiate a new TV deal, the future could feature a similar cash infusion. "The bidding between Fox and Time Warner Cable for the Dodgers' television rights is about to start, and the over-under is $4 billion," Shaikin said.

For more news on Albert Pujols and the Angels, be sure to read Halos Heaven.

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Cardinals, Angels Reaction To Albert Pujols Signing

Many baseball fans around the country are yet to pick their jaws off the floor after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim swooped in on Thursday to get two of the most coveted free agents on the market; Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson

Pujols is obviously the bigger splash made by Arte Moreno and his incredibly large wallet, and there is reaction across the board on this epic offseason acquisition. 

St. Louis Cardinals Chariman and CEO Bill DeWitt had this to say in a statement Thursday morning: 

"We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement to keep Albert Pujols in St. Louis. Albert is a great champion and we will always be thankful for his many achievements in a Cardinals uniform, as well as his contributions to the St. Louis community. I have the highest regard for Albert both personally and professionally, and appreciate his direct involvement in this process. I would like our fans to know that we tried our best to make Albert a lifetime Cardinal but unfortunately we were unable to make it happen."    

Senior VP and GM John Mozielak had this to say: 

"Albert has been a special player in this organization since the moment he was drafted over 12 years ago. His accomplishments on and off the field have been spectacular. I wish him well in the next phase of his career."

The sting of losing a guy like Albert must be almost unbearable, especially for a fan base coming off a World Series Championship in which Albert played a huge role in.  But all good things come to an end, and those Cardinals fans have two rings and lots of memoires to keep them warm at night.

As for the Angels, they held a press conference Thursday morning as GM Jerry Dipoto expressed how delighted they all were with their acquisitions:

Q.  How did this thing come about and when?  Sort of go through a reconstruct on the Pujols deal?

JERRY DIPOTO:  I think it's a tribute to the aggressive nature, competitive nature and quality of our ownership with the Angels.  We're in a unique position, as it pertains to our market, our location and the attractive nature of our club.  I think many players around baseball desire to come to play for the Angels and this was a really good fit for our franchise and I believe it's an excellent fit for the players we're talking about here.  We're talking about an iconic offensive player in his generation, to be sure.  

As for how they managed to nab Pujols, Dipoto said it was simply a matter of biding their time:

 Q.  Was the strategy to kind of swoop in at the last minute with the offer or did something change or say, okay, let's go for this at the last minute?

JERRY DIPOTO:  No, honestly there was no swooping strategy.  We bided our time.  I believe we exercised patience.  We created a lot of different options in regard to the plans we had to improve our roster and when an opportunity like this exists you take advantage.  And again, that's something that I can attribute to Arte's involvement.

And when speaking of owner Arte Moreno, Dipoto was clear in his intentions with these signings:

    it's not a one man show.  We're a family.  Arte Moreno is as competitive an owner and as genuine a person as there is in the game.  And this is, in large part, a tribute to him... Arte has made it very clear, he wants to win championships, he wants to win rings.  And we think this is a way to move toward that goal.          

For more on the Angels, head over to Halos Heaven to get your fix. 

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Albert Pujols' New Contract Has Full No-Trade Clause With Angels

The dust has begun to settle but the shock still hasn't worn off of the fact the Albert Pujols in now, and likely forevermore, going to be a Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim. Has a great ring to doesn't it? 

Anyway, Pujols' contract is a large one, but it also a protected one, complete with a full-no trade clause, meaning he's likely to finish his career with the Halos

Via Bill Plunkett on Twitter: 

Pujols gets full no-trade from #Angels. Deal is for 10 yrs $250m with complicated clauses, etc. that could take it slightly higher.
Dec 08 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

 

The no-trade clause was something very important to Albert, as he is a guy who gives everyone their due respect and expects the same in return. If he's going to play somewhere, he wanted it to be on his terms, which were not having to worry about all these headaches involved with the trading process. Now that he knows he's simply a Halo, he can just focus on his work at being one of the greatest players this game will ever see. 

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Albert Pujols Signs 10-Year Contract With Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim, According To Report

Albert Pujols has signed a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that will pay him between $250 and $260 million, according to reports.

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