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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
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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