People have stressed the fact that Prince Fielder signed a ridiculous contract. So what if it’s ridiculous? The guy is still under 30 (27). He absolutely rakes. He might be the best power hitter in the game. And he isn’t just a power hitter. The guy hit .300 last year.
Take these two things into account before you read the rest of this —
One: As previously stated, Prince is under 30. He isn’t 30 next week or the week after. He is 27.
Two: His contract is nine years long. He is going to be 36 at the end of it.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Albert Pujols for 10 years and 240 million dollars. Pujols is over thirty (32). Pujols will be 42 when the contract is over. This has Alex Rodriguez written all over it (the later contract). He’ll have a couple good years in Anaheim before drifting into the 20 homer and 80 RBI category.
The same team (the Angels) signed converted relief pitcher CJ Wilson to a 5-year 77.5 million dollar deal.
That’s over 300 million dollars.
Take year nine of Pujols’ and Fielder’s contracts. Fielder would be 36. Pujols would be 41. Who do you want there? Pujols might be retired. Fielder would probably still be productive, granted not what he is now, but still productive. Pujols over 40? Ehh. Seems a bit of a stretch to me.
Throw in the fact that the Angels also added CJ Wilson for over 77 million. Yikes. The Angels seem a bit more questionable than the Tigers with these moves.