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08:00 AM ET 04.17 | How long, or how often, will we be seeing Albert Pujols in the field for the Angels? "He's got bad wheels," said one American League evaluator who has seen Pujols many times this year, both in spring training and the regular season. "I bet he doesn't play more than 50 games at first this year." Wait. Albert Pujols, 33, in season two of a ten-year, $240 million contract, might already need to transition to DH duty? ... [GM] Jerry Dipoto offered an open-ended answer, complimentary of Pujols and placing the onus on his health. "Albert is both physically and mentally tough," Dipoto told the Daily News on Monday. "The frequency with which he plays first base as opposed to DH will be dictated by how he feels."

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April 17, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Wow. This contract is going to be an albatross of epic proportion.

April 17, 2013  08:43 AM ET

i thought that was the plan all along when he moved to the AL.

and plantar fascitis (sp?) is a b_i_t_c_h of an injury to deal with.

April 17, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

i thought that was the plan all along when he moved to the AL.and plantar fascitis (sp?) is a b_i_t_c_h of an injury to deal with.

I don't think the plan was for Pujols to become a DH in year 2 of a 10 yr contract though.

April 17, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow. This contract is going to be an albatross of epic proportion.

Could be, but in 10 years his $30 million a year will be over shadowed by a lot of $30-40 million per year players. What is a Bryce Harper or Trout or a lot of yet too be named going to receive? If a Stras.. is healthy when his contract is up?

April 17, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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I don't think the plan was for Pujols to become a DH in year 2 of a 10 yr contract though.

I think they were expecting to move to DH in after year 5.....

Ahhh.... the best laid plans of mice and men, shall not prosper....

April 17, 2013  09:39 AM ET

.....38 year old pujols left the cards because he knew he was close to done....so he found someone willing to pay more than full salary for a half player......good for him....pretty boy valentine will sort it all out for the wannabe checkbook champions...

April 17, 2013  09:40 AM ET

What would anyone offer a 10-year contract to a 33-year-old? How many 40-year-olds have there been in MLB? Certainy not enough to justify taking this kind of a gamble. The Cardinals must be breathing a sigh of relief.

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April 17, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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.....38 year old pujols left the cards because he knew he was close to done....so he found someone willing to pay more than full salary for a half player......good for him....pretty boy valentine will sort it all out for the wannabe checkbook champions...

If he is 33 years old in the second year of his contract (see above) then that means in my estimation that he was 32 in his first year. Where do you get 38 from?
Close to done? Nope
Half player? Nope
Come the end of the season you'll see him right about where he usually is as far as run production goes.
I do think the contract is crazy and the term is crazy. But all it takes is one team.

April 17, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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Could be, but in 10 years his $30 million a year will be over shadowed by a lot of $30-40 million per year players. What is a Bryce Harper or Trout or a lot of yet too be named going to receive? If a Stras.. is healthy when his contract is up?

just IF the halos get a bit lucky, just IF the father time have some mercy in the halos mistakes, it may and it may not be,, but if pujols has some type of reasonability then he should retire before he really collapse in the angels complex,,,

April 17, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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If he is 33 years old in the second year of his contract (see above) then that means in my estimation that he was 32 in his first year. Where do you get 38 from?Close to done? NopeHalf player? NopeCome the end of the season you'll see him right about where he usually is as far as run production goes.I do think the contract is crazy and the term is crazy. But all it takes is one team.

all what it takes is one team, but luckely the yankees had wakeup and are doing better decissions when is about signing free agents,, can't said the same thing about the falling halos though!!!

April 17, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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Just what I thought.Makes no sense to offer someone that old a huge long term contract with guaranteed money in it.The only way to get out of that would be to declare bankruptcy.

either declare bankruptcy or hope that pujols drop his contract to been void, but would that really could happen??lets not forget that the love for money is stronger than any convictions,,

April 17, 2013  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow. This contract is going to be an albatross of epic proportion.

that was already well known by the angels owner, sad, just sad, because the halos owner hasn't get any positive rewards towards his own team!!!

April 17, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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There has to be some sort of upper limit to these contracts.

there is not such a thing, unless every wrecked player thinks like GLENN MECHE when he forfit his contract back in the 2011 season with the royals,,,

April 17, 2013  11:17 AM ET
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This was just such a great signing!

you have to keep mocking this falling halos about their albastros contracts, could that help them?? they appear to be deaf but who knows? they may wakeup in the middle of the desperation!!!

April 17, 2013  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What would anyone offer a 10-year contract to a 33-year-old? How many 40-year-olds have there been in MLB? Certainy not enough to justify taking this kind of a gamble. The Cardinals must be breathing a sigh of relief.

there is always a confuse and disoriented team to pick up the wrong deals,,

April 17, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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there is always a confuse and disoriented team to pick up the wrong deals,,

the dodgers/the halos/the royals/the nationals/yankees? well yankees have been regenerated starting in the 2012 season,,,

 
April 17, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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I think they were expecting to move to DH in after year 5.....Ahhh.... the best laid plans of mice and men, shall not prosper....

when the team refuse to acknowledge the injuries in their first basemen, when the halos refuse to understand that,(pujols injuries requires time off) when there is nothing but desperation mode in halos team,,,things can't get better unless/the team stop playing him into a deeper hole!!!

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