Thursday, December 8, 2011
It's a sad day in St. Louis for Cardinals fans, as Albert Pujols has apparently agreed to a 10 year/$250 million guaranteed contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Cardinals supposedly didn't offer more than 9 years and $200 million guaranteed, so they in essence called his bluff, and he called theirs. I've written before that this was the smart move for the Cardinals: here, here and here. You just can't pay a player $25 million a year during his decline phase, which Pujols most assuredly is in. Here, for instance, are his OPS figures (on base plus slugging) for the past four years:
And here are his WAR (wins-against-replacement) for the same years:
So the Cardinals would have overpaid for him to stay, even if he'd taken their offer. The Angels are most assuredly overpaying (at least in terms of wins; how the greatest Hispanic player ever helps them with TV audiences in SoCal is another story).
But it's still sad.