Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

Age: 42 (January 16, 1980) | aka Prince Albert,Phat Albert, The Machine, El Hombre | 6' 3" | 235lbs. | Bats: Right 1B-76 3B-1 DH-2
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
LAA AL 2018 117 465 50 114 28 65 20 0 19 64 1 0 .245 .289 .411 6 13 .247 40/22/37 13 12
LAA AL 2019 131 491 55 120 43 68 22 0 23 93 3 0 .244 .305 .430 8 12 .238 46/15/39 15 14
LAA AL 2020 39 152 15 34 9 25 8 0 6 25 0 0 .224 .270 .395 6 15 .230 40/20/41 9 9
LAA AL 2021 24 86 9 17 3 13 0 0 5 12 1 0 .198 .250 .372 3 14 .176 38/16/45 2 2
LAD NL 2021 85 189 20 48 11 32 3 0 12 38 1 0 .254 .299 .460 5 16 .245 50/16/35 9 8
STL NL 2022 64 180 20 44 18 32 9 0 8 26 1 1 .244 .324 .428 9 15 .250 40/19/41 6 6
Career 22yrs 3035 11294 1892 3345 1363 1381 681 16 687 2176 117 42 .296 .374 .542 11 11 .284 n/a
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If the Marlins sign Pujols, I will revise my opinion of Loria. He scammed the system and got a freebie from the so-far indifferent citizens of South Florida, but now he's pouring all of that loot and more into something that's a lot more fun, for him and the ciitizens: trying to win a pennant.

He's acting as if he's the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies without anything like their revenue streams. That takes some guts.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 6 '11
Well so much for that. Though McDonald's original point was that she had it on pretty good authority that Albert wasn't going to stay with St. Louis. The Cub thing was the conjecture part.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 6 '11
Here's a great link for tracking free agents:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-passan_ultimate_free_agent_tracker_baseball_110211

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Dec 4 '11
Anna McDonald is kinda, sorta reporting that Pujols is about to become a Cub.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 1 '11
I was oversimplifying.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Nov 16 '11
It isn't just a legal way around it. There are wage tax issues on top of the income issues, and there are differences in different states about where you can claim the income, where it is earned, etc. I believe Fangraphs did a piece on this approximately 3 weeks to a month ago, but I can't search for it right now. If I think of it later, I'll post it up.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Nov 16 '11
I do remember reading about something similar with Cliff Lee last winter and that there are legal ways around this.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Nov 16 '11
Missouri has 6% income tax versus 0% for Florida.

So a $200 million offer in Missouri is worth $188M while a $190 million offer in Florida is worth $190M.

Etc.
Kent Ostby Seadogs
Nov 16 '11
Jim Bowden, also writing for ESPN insider, doesn't think Pujols can beat A-Rod's contract. Simply because the three biggest spenders already have megabucks first baseman.

My prediction: Pujols will get a token amount more than A-Rod over the same amount of time (10 years) and will get it from the Cardinals. He'd get more than a token amount more -- from either the Yankees, Red Sox or Phillies -- if they didn't already have their first base slots filled.
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 4 '11
Keith Law, writing for ESPN Insider, puts Fielder ahead of Pujols on his free-agent wish list. Reason?

He's younger.

If their ages were closer, Pujols would be the obvious choice over Fielder for this list, but Pujols, listed at age 32 for the 2012 season, probably is going to spend more time in his decline phase on this next contract than he is producing at his customary levels.

This is the first sentence of his analysis. His last two are more emphatic.

And Pujols is at least 32 heading into 2012, an age at which most hitters are beginning their decline phase ... and that's if we ignore the persistent yet unproven rumors that Pujols is older than his listed age would indicate; if his real age differed from his listed age, it would dramatically affect his expected output on the contract.
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 4 '11