Albert Pujols’ performance cost

Here’s a quick look at how much Albert Pujols’ performance has cost over his career.

Over his 11 years in St. Louis, Pujols earned $104,040,436 in base salary, and that includes salaries under $1 million in each of his first 3 seasons.

Looking at his career numbers with the Cardinals, they paid Pujols:

$13,800 per plate appearance
$80,000 per run scored
$49,700 per hit
$233,800 per HR
$78,800 per RBI

So far in Anaheim, the Angels have played 28 of their 162 games this season. That means that Pujols has earned $2,074,074 of his $12 million salary for 2012. (We’re doing this as charitably as possible–if we took a prorated portion of his entire $240 million, 10-year contract, the number would be double that.

Anyway, given the Phat Boy’s performance so far this season, here are what the Angels have paid for his performance to date:

$18,200 per plate appearance
$230,500 per run scored
$98,800 per hit
(Undefined) per HR
$414,800 per RBI

The differential in cost per PA is an interesting place to start, as it suggests that the Angels are paying about a 30% premium for Pujols, at least compared to the rate that the Cardinals paid him for his entire career. That sounds about right to me, especially considering that Pujols’ arbitration years are included in the St. Louis calculation.

Beyond that, the Angels are paying about twice as much per hit, three times as much per run scored, five times as much per RBI, and an infinite amount more per home run.

If Pujols had 1 homer so far, the Angels would have paid the full $2,074,074 for that homer, still about 9 times more than what the Cardinals paid him per homer.


Albert Pujols’ performance cost — 8 Comments

  1. Rockefeller-type money for (so far) Ray Oyler-type stats. Although Oyler did, at least, hit the occasional home run.

  2. I for one think all these players that feel the need to go to other teams, after long and productive careers in one place, where they are adorned and cherished by the fans (who pay said money into their salaries),for a few extra million…..WHEN THEY ARE ALREADY BEING PAID TENS OF MILLIONS PER YEAR……is the reason I just enjoy Strat-O-Matic!

    Seriously, to be honest, screw ’em. This is karma for being a selfish jerk. Of course how much of it REALLY is the player, and how much of it is the bastard agents?

    You know how cool it was to watch the end of Jered Weaver’s no-hitter, and see his mom and dad in the stands, then come down to the field and hug and share a good cry? Weaver VERY EASILY could have signed elsewhere, and made millions more a year in free agency. He wanted to stay home, and good for him.

    Here is another guy who I personally am rooting against…Heath Bell, for the EXACT OPPOSITE reason I am rooting FOR Weaver. I read an article from CBS where it has been rough on Bell, and the segway was from his decreased velocity to something else…..
    “Are these all indicators that, at 34, the three-time All-Star’s best days are behind him?

    Or is the combination of the pressures of a lucrative new contract with the fact that he’s living across the country from his wife and four children until school lets out in June conspiring to throw him off course?

    Some of the Marlins were hoping this week’s trip West to the familiar parks in San Francisco and San Diego might be just the tonic to get him going.

    “I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be,” Bell said of the split with his family, noting that this weekend’s reunion “will be fun. I think that’s what’s been lacking, a little bit of fun.”
    THIS is the type of player that, in my eyes, just “doesn’t get it”, if you know what I mean.

    • I just can’t get that worked up about the supposed bad character and immorality of any MLB free agent going to the team that pays him the most $$$, instead of staying with his current team. As Jerry Seinfeld famously said, “It’s like rooting for laundry”*.

      To start with, practically none of these players are on the teams they rooted for (I know, it’s the amateur draft). So they’re ALMOST ALL merceneries, in a sense, from the start of their baseball careers.

      Then, when they finally get to play regularly in MLB, a lot of them are on different teams (because they’ve been traded). Only a small percentage of anyone who ever plays in a major league game ever gets enough MLB service time to declare free agency at all.

      So… when the player (and not the team) finally gets the chance to decide which team to play for, I don’t begrudge any player that decides to accept the free agency offer for the most money. A career in professional sports is relatively short, and usually over when most of the rest of the work force is starting to enter their prime earning years.

      I also do not think it is a professional athlete’s responsibility to fullfill what some people see as their obligation to be a personal role model for children. MLB players behaviors are going to be, on average, the same as the rest of the general population.

      They are players. They play. We are fans. We watch them perform, because they are capable of performing extraordinary feats that we know we are not capable of doing. To read any more into their actions is disengenious at best. Don’t expect them to be any more than what they are, which are the best baseball players in the world.

      * Those are not his exact words, but I found this monologue that phrase seems to be boiled down from:

      “Loyalty to any one sports team is pretty hard to justify. Because the players are always changing, the team can move to another city, _{you’re actually rooting for the clothes when you get right down to it}_ . You know what I mean, you are standing and cheering and yelling for your clothes to beat the clothes from another city. Fans will be so in love with a player but if he goes to another team, they boo him. This is the same human being in a different shirt, they *hate* him now. Boo! Different shirt!! Boo”

  3. Poor AP he has made his bed now he will sleep in it As a StL fan I hated to see him go but the Cards made a fair offer for someone his age. The Angels will regret that contract for a long time and so will AP. He would still be given standing O’s in StL even as his skills diminished and he would have had a statue next to Stan. Money can not buy everything

  4. I know this is just for fun, but I think the only meaningful number you can use is $/PA or even $/inning (which includes field time), as it is the most atomic. You could say that they paid him $6,936,029 per 3B or $104,040,436 per sacrifice. This also almost implies that he was paid $13,800/PA *and* $80,000/run scored, etc. It’s interesting but kinda misleading to break down the numbers that way. He wasn’t paid to *just* hit homers or score runs.

    So, he played 14,687.2 in the field + 108 (est) as DH = 14,795.2 innings for the Cards. That gives him a rate of $7,032 per inning. If we take the average inning to last 19 minutes (2:51/game) that comes to $22,206/hr. Nice!

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