Pujols vs. Prince, & other contract details

Albert PujolsPrince Fielder. Who got the better deal? Well, it’s probably a matter of how you look at it. And for a really close look, here are some contract details filed to the Major League Baseball Players Association (thanks to colleague Spencer Fordin for passing it along) …

Pujols

* Player contract is $240M through 10 years and includes a full no-trade clause; valued by MLBPA at exactly $246,841,811. Average annual value: $24M.
* Plus, $1M per year for 10 years of personal services with the club upon retirement (can decline at any time).
* Severely backloaded — $12M in ’12, $16M in ’13, $23M in ’14, $24M in ’15, $25M in ’16, $26M in ’17, $27M in ’18, $28M in ’19, $29M in ’20, $30M in ’21.
* Up to $875K in incentives each season — $50K for All-Star team, $75K for Gold Glove; $75K for LCS MVP; $75K for Silver Slugger; $100K for WS MVP; $500K for MVP ($75K for 2nd or 3rd).
* Up to $10M for milestone accomplishments ($3M for 3,000 hits; $7M for breaking the HR record)
* Other stuff: 4 mutually-agreed-upon seats for all home games (may purchase same seats at end of contract); use of suite for 10 home games per year for Pujols Family Foundation; may purchase suite for all home games; will donate $100K  per year to club charity; gets a suite on the road.

Prince

* Player contract is $214M through 9 years and includes limited no-trade protection. Average annual value: $23.8M.
* Not backloaded at all — $23M in ’12 and ’13, $24M from 2014-20.
* Plenty of incentives — $500K for MVP ($200K for 2nd through 5th, $100K for 6th through 10th); $1M for each subsequent MVP; $100K for All-Star team, or being named to Baseball America, The Sporting News or Associated Press All-Star team; $100K for Hank Aaron Award; $100K for Gold Glove; $100K for Silver Slugger; $100K for Division Series MVP; $150K for LCS MVP; $200K for WS MVP.
* Other stuff: May purchase luxury suite that includes four premium field-level seats each year; gets a suite on the road.

I think it’s pretty clear the 32-year-old Pujols got a better, bigger deal than the 27-year-old Fielder. But Scott Boras still did an impressive job with Fielder, by selling him to the needy Tigers in the final stages and managing to get a $200M contract in a year when the market wasn’t particularly ideal for high-priced first basemen. Plus, Fielder can get another contract in his mid-30s.

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Here’s a look at some of the details for other Angels contracts …

C.J. Wilson (5-year, $77,584,772M)

* $10M in ’12, $11M in ’13, $16M in ’14, $18M in ’15, $20M in ’16
* $2.5M signing bonus, payable between December 2011 and July 2014.
* Limited no-trade protection.
* Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for LCS MVP, $100K for WS MVP, $150K for Cy Young ($75K for 2nd through 3rd).
* Other stuff: 8 Diamond Club tickets to all events at Angel Stadium; may purchase suite at ballpark for all games started; gets a suite on the road.

Howie Kendrick (4-year, $33,494,839M)

* $4.5M in ’12, $8.75M in ’13, $9.35M in ’14, $9.5M in ’15.
* Signing bonus of $1.4M, payable between January 2012 and January 2015.
* Limited no-trade protection.
* Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for LCS MVP, $75K for Silver Slugger, $100K for WS MVP, $150K for MVP ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th or 5th).

Erick Aybar (1-year, $5.075M)

* Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $100K for WS MVP, $75K for LCS MVP, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for Silver Slugger, $150K for MVP ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th through 5th).

Alberto Callaspo (1-year, $3.15M)

* Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for Silver Slugger, $75K for LCS MVP, $100K for WS MVP, $150K for MVP ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th through 5th).

LaTroy Hawkins (1-year, $3M)

Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $75K for LCS MVP, $100K for WS MVP, $75K for Gold Glove, $150K for Rolaids Relief Man Award ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th through 5th).

Kendrys Morales (1-year, $2.975M)

* Incentives: $50K for 550 PA; $50K for All-Star, $75K for Silver Slugger, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for LCS MVP, $100K for WS MVP, $150K for MVP ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th through 5th).

Jerome Williams (1-year, $820K)

Incentives: $20K for 16 GS, $20K for 19 GS, $20K for 22 GS, $20K for 25 GS, $20K for 28 GS, $20K for 31 GS, $20K for 35 games pitched overall, $20K for 40 G, $20K for 45 G, $20K for 50 G, $20K for 55 G, $20K for 60 G (no more than $120K can be earned in performance bonuses, though).

Alden

4 Comments

The Angels were smart to backload… I wouldnt be surprised to see 50 players or more making $30 a year in 2020.

they will have to redo Vernon”s contract now!!!!! hahahahha

Use of suite for 10 home games per year for Pujols Family Foundation; may purchase suite for all home games; will donate $100K per year to club charity; gets a suite on the road.

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