Albert Pujols is on the DL with a tear to his plantar fascia ligament in the left foot. He could be out for the remainder of the season.
At the age of 33, he still has eight years and $212 million left on his 10-year, $240-million contract.
And now in hindsight, the Angels might have to be wondering whether or not signing Pujols to that kind of a contract was a good idea.
When the Angels first signed him, I was concerned about how much the slugger had left in him. Considering that he had to adjust to a new league and he was already entering his “twilight” years as a professional, the contract was way too high.
Now we see that at this age, his body is starting to give away and he has not met the standards of what has been expected of him. For what the Angels have paid and are going to pay Pujols, the signing right now appears to be a major failure.
This is the problem that the Angels brought upon themselves when they tried to become the Yankess of the West Coast. The problem for them is that they overloaded on talent but paid them more than their worth. Much like Josh Hamilton’s signing, the player was on the verge of a major decline and overspending for them could handicap their future. And given the the fact that the Angels didn’t invest enough on some solid pitching, they are in fourth place right now.
Pujols became more of a novelty or a player that can actually help the team win down the line. He was good, but not Pujols good. Now he could be done for this season and who knows what effects it will have to his career?
Whenever in baseball a mega-deal like this is signed, the player never actually fulfills it to the fullest. Whether it’s injuries, low production or just bad management, it’s a common trend in baseball. Mega-deals in the long run will just end up hurting the team. The reward might come nice early, but in the long-run, it can be painful.
That’s what the Angels are experiencing right now.