Posted April 07, 2013

Albert Pujols on remainder of contract: ‘I’m not going to embarrass myself’

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Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has eight years and $212 million left on his contract beyond this season. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has eight years and $212 million left on his contract beyond this season. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Though Albert Pujols’ production is already in decline, the Los Angeles Angels are set to pay their first baseman $212 million beyond this season.

By the time his 10-year, $240-million contract expires in 2021, Pujols will be 41 years old.

But the future Hall of Famer said on Saturday that fans should not expect him to become dead weight, as Yankees fans have witnessed with Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year, $275-million deal.

After hitting two home runs to bring the Angels’ record to 2-3, Pujols made telling comments about his future plans.

From the Los Angeles Times‘ Mike DiGiovanna:

“God has given me ability and talent, but the day I feel like I can’t compete any more on this level, I’m not going to embarrass myself,” Pujols said. “I’m going to walk off. Whether that’s next year, two years from now, only God knows.”

Pujols didn’t mean to say he plans to retire in a year or two — he still has a passion to compete and to prove people he can still play, much like he did last season, when he rebounded from a horrendous start.

“It seems like when people doubt me, I always have that chip on my shoulder to prove them wrong,” Pujols said. “I’ve been doing that since the day I became a professional.”

The three-time MVP is off to another slow start, hitting .188 in his first six games. He hit .217 with no homers last April on his way to career lows in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.


7 comments
DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Maybe he will earn a lot of that money this year, next year, maybe even a couple more years.  But there is no doubt that he will be "dead weight" well before the end of the deal.   I will be surprised if he is even playing in the majors the last couple of years.

NolanMark
NolanMark

Cudos to the article's author for pointing out that A-Rod is in fact dead weight. Alex should be thankful that all this isn't happening when the late George Steinbrenner was in his early 50's. The tabloid headlines would be hysterical...

JeffHohl
JeffHohl

He should have never rebuffed the Card's offer of $198 mil/9 yrs . Baseball gods do not like this sort of jilting.  We do thank him for leaving us the money to sign Wainwright and Craig and Motte to long term deals as well as 2 situation players.  We don't wish him ill, us Cardinal fans, but we won't forget.

JasperJackson
JasperJackson

Suppose it is asking too much for a MAGAZINE DEDICATED TO SPORTS, to be cognizant that a player who moves from one league to another typically has a transition year?  Sad how sports and journalism in general seem desperate to generate controversy.  I think the Angels gave Pujols too much $$, but that is their owners problem, not the player.

kosmickharma
kosmickharma

He seems to embarrass himself every time he opens his mouth. As if dogging it to first base on ground balls and hitting into record numbers of double plays wasn't enough...

 

CueBallSTL
CueBallSTL

Ummm, Albert...  You ARE embarrassing yourself.