2. Albert Pujols and Robinson Cano - $242,000,000
Albert Pujols earned the nickname 'The Machine' for how ruthlessly and efficiently he dominated baseball in the decade he spent at the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2011, he decided to test free agency and see how much he could get. The LA Angels were the highest bidder, offering $30m more than the Cards' were prepared to.
It hasn't gone so well. In the two seasons he has spent down in Los Angeles, Pujols has had the two worst years of his career. He is averaging less runs, less hits, less homers and a lower on base percentage than he ever has in his career.
He was effected by a foot problem for much of last year however. The Angels will be hoping it was just a blip and he will rebound but that could prove to be pie in the sky thinking.
Realistically, the only certainty is the Angels are stuck paying $212 million to a declining corner infielder who’ll be 41 years old when it expires after the 2021 season. It doesn't get better for the money men when he retires either. When that day does come, Pujols will be owed another $10m for 'personal services'. Ouch.
This off-season Seattle needed a big hitter to beef up their batting lineup.
Robinson Cano was a five-time All-Star, had played in 160 games last season and hit .314 with 27 homers and 107 RBI's. Cano posted a .899 on-base plus slugging percentage and finished fifth in American League MVP voting.
The Mariners had a need and they chose Cano to be the guy to fill it.
There is no doubt that the former Yankee really is a star player in his position, but any deal of this magnitude will come with its risks. Cano is 31, and it's not exactly a secret that second baseman experience drop offs in their mid 30's.
The Mariners have committed to paying him $24 million a year through the age of 40. What’s more, reports indicated that the second-highest offer he received was something in the area of $175 million over seven years from the Yankees, much more than the Yankees estimation of him.
Time will tell if the deal kick starts the Mariners rise to Championship games and worlds series or not.
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