Found January 05, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
After the Cardinals failed to re-sign star first baseman Albert Pujols and watched the star slugger depart for Los Angeles, a lot of fans are calling for failure for the Cardinals in 2012. It got me to thinking whether or not a defending World Champion had ever made a move in the season after their championship that was criticized as much as this. My conclusion? Oh's happened before. Here are five of the worst moves by a defending World Champion. 1) San Francisco Giants re-sign Aubrey Huff (2010)After a 2010 season that saw him energize the Giants offense with an .891 OPS and 6.0 fWAR in 668 plate appearances, Giants GM Brian Sabean felt like he needed to keep his new star in the fold, and signed him to a two year, $22 million contract. Keep in mind that in 2009, the year before his breakout season (at age 33) with the Giants, Huff had a .694 OPS and was worth a sparkling -1.8 fWAR in 597 plate appearances for the Orioles and Tigers. Predictably, the Giants offense l...

Pujols to earn 240 million plus season tickets

NEW YORK -- Guess 240 million wasn't quite enough for Albert Pujols. In addition to his salary, the Los Angeles Angels are giving the slugger four season tickets to home games over the next decade. He and the Angels still need to work out the location of the seats, which are his to enjoy for the duration of his contract. After that, if he still wants them, he has to pay. Those...

Pujols contract with Angels finally completed

Albert Pujols' landmark 10-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels has been completed, four weeks after the two sides finalized the details.Major League Baseball announced the completion of the contract Thursday, which will see the perennial All-Star third baseman earn $240 million over the life of the deal.It includes a 10-year personal services agreement that would pay Pujols...

Around The Web: Missing On Albert Pujols, Minor Moves, And Replacing Offense

ESPN: From Jonah Keri‘s book on the Tampa Bay Rays, “The Extra 2%“, which I should probably get around to reading. Jennings said he and the other scouts in attendance — all except Arango — remained concerned about the kid’s thick build. They also focused on the negatives rather than the positives as Arango and Jennings both fell into a bit of confirmation bias. Jennings...

Edward Zelinsky on "Albert Pujols, Occupy Wall Street, and the Buffett Rule"

Professor Edward Zelinsky, a distinguished tax law expert at Cardozo Law School and author of The Origins of the Ownership Society, has a thoughtful and provocative Oxford University Press piece on Albert Pujols and his 10-year, $254 million contract. Zelinsky argues that Pujols indeed deserves what he is being paid and that he is not under-taxed. Here is an excerpt:* * * Pujols...

In the News: Albert Pujols gets 4 season tickets, too

In addition to his salary, the Los Angeles Angels are giving the slugger four season tickets to home games over the next decade.

Albert Pujols is no regular pupil for Angels' batting coach Mickey Hatcher

LOS ANGELES - Mickey Hatcher still has his job with the Angels, much to the dismay of fans who call for his dismissal...

Albert Pujols contract details

Salary in Millions

Pujols deal completed; worth $240M over 10 years

Albert Pujols officially joined the Los Angeles Angels when Major League Baseball and the players' association confirmed the terms of the first baseman's 10-year contract and agreed its guaranteed value is $240 million.

Stupid Sports Names, Volume Two

Redundancy. Apparently, some sports names are so good you have to say them twice. Not only do the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim now have Albert Pujols, they also have the most redundant name in sports. As Pujols, or anyone who took Spanish One in high school, would be able to tell you, their full name translates to “The the Angels Angels of Anaheim”. Or, if you prefer, Los los...

Albert Pujols will get a nice payday for breaking Barry Bonds’ home run record

The nitty-gritty details of Albert Pujols' new $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels were released on Thursday and let's just say that it's good to be considered Phat. Over the next 10 years, the backloaded contract will give the first baseman an annual salary ranging from $12 million in 2012 to $30 million in 2021. He'll receive a hotel suite for all...
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