Originally Posted by PuffyPig
It turned out that way, because of how good Pujols became. But they commited $100M back when it meant something, to a player who was 3 years from reaching FA. It wasn't considered an aoutomatic bargain at the time.
I can't tell if this is sarcasm or not. If it is, I'll take the bait, as I'm assuming it isn't.
Of course it wasn't an automatic bargain. But it turned out to be an incredible, incredible contract. Even if you consider Jocketty "lucky" for obtaining Pujols, can you really call this contract lucky? Or would you call it one of the savviest GM moves (contract wise) in baseball history? I know which one of the two I would call it. Compare that contract to A-Rod's contract at the time, when the two were already comparable players, and then can you even say it wasn't considered a great bargain at the time?
And Pujols didn't "become good". His OPS his first three years was 1.013, .955, and 1.106. And THEN Jocketty got that incredible deal for him.