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
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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I'm a Reds fan and I can't stand the Cardinals; BUT I'm a baseball fan first and Reds fan 2nd and tonight when Albert steps up to the plate in Busch for the 1st time since joining the Halos.....the ovation he gets will be a special baseball moment.

I was in attendance when Junior batted for the 1st time in a Reds uniform...the ovation gave me goosebumps.

I was listening on the radio when Tino Martinez made his return to Yankee Stadium with the Cards and got a darn near 4 minute ovation his first trip to the plate.

van wilhoite LVW
Jun 21 '19

His two homers sailed over the shift and his single found its way through it.

His career batting average, thanks mainly to age and injury but also to the shift, is down to .301.

Alex Patton Alex
May 12 '19

$5 in Tout -- two more than Chris Davis.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 16 '19

$6 in CBS.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 25 '19

Albert Pujols (1B) ANA - Feb. 24

Pujols (knee) went 2-for-2 with two singles in Sunday's Cactus League loss to the Reds. "Albert looked good," manager Brad Ausmus told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. "His work has been good the last few days, in the cage and in batting practice."

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Believe it or not, one of those was an infield single -- Pujols has just 11 infield hits combined over the past two seasons. The 39-year-old is returning from two surgeries, including one for his left knee. Pujols projects to play close to every day at DH to begin 2019, but once Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is ready, Pujols could lose out on playing time.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 25 '19

I still can't see a strike happening, however.

At least unless the players union weights voting based on player salaries or service years or something.

The minimum salary this year will be $555K.  In 2022 it will be $555K + cost of living increase.

If the current FA trend shows anything, it's that a huge percentage of MLB players are viewed by ownership as replaceable - either by someone with a WAR roughly the same, or by someone with a lower WAR, but a significantly lower salary (especially true for teams which don't envision themselves to be competitors).

Say 2022 rolls around - you're a 3rd year MLB player, with a WAR of 1.5 in 2021.  Are you going to vote to sit out the 2022 season, giving up $555K, with no guarantee that you won't be back in AAA in 2023 because there are a lot of guys who will be competing for your job who spent 2022 playing every day and developing their skills?

Or ... you're a 32 year old who has averaged 2.2 WAR for the last 4 years.  You're coming into the final season of a 3 year, $18 million contract.  Do you vote to sit out that season, foregoing $6 million, having watched someone similar sign for $3.5 million on a one year deal (paging Asdrubel Cabrera)?

IMO for the vast majority of MLB players, their careers are too short, and they're too replacable, and the minimum salary is too high, for players to risk a strike.  Erasing the arbitration years will make a lot more money for a handful of baseball's elite - but will do little to strengthen the bargaining position of most players.

You could argue that the arb years artificially lower the salary of arb eligible players, making them more desirable than the Cabrera/Kinsler type - but for the 2-3 WAR players I don't think arb significantly lowers their salaries.  Rather - it's the 5+ WAR players who get hit hard, because owners will really open their wallets for a 25 year old putting up 5+ WAR seasons.  But that's a totally separate market.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jan 28 '19

When Pujols signed for 7 years/$100 million back in 2004, it was viewed as a pretty good deal for the 3 year veteran.  At the time the largest contracts in MLB were:
ARod 10 years, $252 million
Jeter 10 years, $189 million
Manny Ramirez  8 years, $169 million
Todd Helton 9 years, $141 million
Mike Hampton 8 years, $121 million
Giambi 7 years, $120 million

Griffey Jr 9 years, $116 million

Kevin Brown 7 years, $105 millon

Yeah - Pujols was coming off 3 years where he'd finished 4th, 2nd, and 2nd in the MVP balloting.  But $100 mil for 7 years wasn't chump change at that time.  Mike Hampton is the only real outlier on that list, and everyone knew Colorado had to overpay to bring a top tier FA pitcher to Coors.

So while without 3 years of arbitration looming, Pujols would have likely signed for something more like ManRam and Helton - he wasn't grossly underpaid.

But it's pretty clear that for the last 5 years of Pujol's career - he will in fact be grossly overpaid.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jan 28 '19

My theory is that the albatross contracts are removing, or at least making a number of the large market/profitable teams hesitant, to commit long term big money.  This would be LAA with Pujols, SF with Longoria, Jeff Sam, and Cueto, Cubs with Heyward, off the top of my head.  Then, you have the remaining large markets pretty certain that they can make the playoffs by supplementing what they have with the next tier or two down--eg, Pollock in LAD.  And then its more the pitching you have in Aug.-Oct., not that you necessarily have now.

John Thomas Roll2
Jan 28 '19

I agree, Alex. This is also why we probably won't see baseball played in 2022.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jan 27 '19

I've been underwater due to the shutdown, but just starting to get back to real life again. Pujols was 32 when he signed a 10 year deal.  Harper and Machado are 26.  That's like signing them for Pujols 2006-15.  It's not the same as Pujols's contract in any regard whatsoever.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 27 '19