Posted September 26, 2012

Albert Pujols’ contract not a smart move for Angels, says Tony La Russa


Tony La Russa said he wouldn’t give Albert Pujols a 10-year deal if he were the Los Angeles Angels. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels’ signing of Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $254 million contract in 2011 may seem like a good idea right now, but it’s a dangerous investment and one that Tony La Russa, who won a World Series ring last year with Pujols on the St. Louis Cardinals, says he would never do, according to comments he made on Wednesday morning as a guest on ESPN’s First Take:

“I think Albert is perfect — I call him Albert P. Pujols for Albert Perfect Pujols — but I don’t think that I would ever endorse a contract beyond six years, tops.”

La Russa called the contract “scary” and “dangerous” and said it would’ve been too big of a committment for him to make if he was the Angels’ manager:

“It’s one of the dangers in our game when an organization is pushed beyond something — five or six (years) is a big commitment — when you go longer I think it’s scary and dangerous.”

Pujols got off to a curiously slow start at the start of his first season with the Angels, failing to record a home run until the beginning of May. Currently, he is batting .288 with 30 homers and 102 RBIs.


Pujols will pay off in the long run. When he's making $25 million a year in 2021 an ordinary manager will be making the same and Pujols will make an extraordinary field manager or executive after his playing days. On top of that his playing days may extend into his 40s because he is so knowledgable about is own physical being.


 @WilliamBergmann His playing days will extend into his 40s because he'll be making $30 million (not 25)...who's not going to show up to work for that kind of money--whether he's worth it or not? 


And we're talking nine years here, not ninety--no manager's gonna pull that kind of money (the highest paid today earns about $3 million).  With that kind of inflation, bleacher seats would run about $500 and top players would be earning a quarter billion dollars A YEAR...


they are lucky they have that tv contract