Really, Angels? Really, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? I’ve always had respect for your franchise, but really?
I mean, Albert Pujols is the greatest player in the last decade, but really – a 10-year, $252 million contract?
I can understand how the Texas Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez for almost the same contract before the 2001 season, but that was for a 25-year old.
I love Albert Pujols. He’s a class act, but his best years are behind him. Oh sure, he might pull off a few more great years (30+ HR, 100+ RBI, .375+ OBP), but not anywhere near 10 years worth.
The Angels signing Pujols for 10 years is like buying your buddy’s Camaro with 100,000 miles on it for the original sticker price. It’s still a great car, but its best years are behind it.
There is the chance Pujols will pull a Hank Aaron on us and play one of his best seasons at the age of 39. However, even the great Aaron was a shell of his self after he hit 40. Ten years from now the Angels will be paying $25 million a year to a washed-up legend.