Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
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.
It was not sarcasm.
It was not usual at the time to sign young players to such a large contract buying out 3 non-FA years. They gave Pujols $100M 3 years before they had too, and still allowed PUjols to end the contract in time to cash in.
Pujols gave up the opportunity to cash in in 3 years times, but assured himself of getting $100M of guaranteed money at a time when he could have been forced to go year to year. You have to give up some salary to get that type of insurance.
As I said, it turned out great. But I don`t beleive that at the time it was signed, it was universally lauded as a huge bargain.