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.

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

John Nacca
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… Read more »
Lawrence Azrin
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… Read more »
Voomo Zanzibar

How about Irving Falu ?
Ten years in the minors, first ML at bat, against the Yankees…. TRIPLE !


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

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… Read more »

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