Angelic Motivations

I know you’ve already read this elsewhere, but it is being reported that the Los Angeles Angels and (soon-to-be-former) Cardinal Albert Pujols have agreed to a 10 year deal that will pay Pujols between 250 and 260 million dollars.

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a lot of money. I don’t reasonably expect to earn that in my lifetime, let alone any particular decade thereof.

I am amazed at the size of this deal. Not because of the amount of money or the length of the contract, but because of Pujol’s age.  he is 31.

Does anyone expect him to be putting up $25 million a year numbers when he is 41?  It seems the Angels do.

This may not be as unusual as it seems to me; the Yankees signed Alex Rodriguez to a 10 year, $275 million contract when he was 33.

For what it’s worth, I think Pujols is a better deal.

Also for what it’s worth, I don’t think the Angels really expect a whole decade of the kinds of numbers Pujols has been generating for the past 10 years.  No – I think they are agreeing to pay a lot now (and for a long time) for a few years of glory. The Angels will likely be left holding the bag on this one “long after the thrill of livin’ is gone.”

Or maybe the Angels signed Pujols because they have gotten tired of finishing behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West.  (They did sign the Ranger’s C.J. Wilson as well, for only $77.5 million over 5 years)

We may never know the Angel’s motivation for sure, but we know one thing – they will have to live with the decision(s) they have just made for quite some time.

Maybe. I’m hoping we don’t eventually have to bail out Major League Baseball.

May we all make the kinds of decisions we are willing to live with for a long time!

One thought on “Angelic Motivations

  1. Back when A-Rod signed his original $250,000,000 deal with the Rangers I observed that at my current income I’d have to work 1500 years to earn as much as he did.

    I then observed, that given his current income A-Rod would have to work 1500 years to get up to Bill Gates’ level.

    A little perspective.

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