Albert Pujols just one of many scary contracts

Albert Pujols may not play again this season.

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Albert Pujols may not play again this season.

A foot injury has likely put an end to Albert Pujols’s 2013 season, the worst of his career. The Angels better hope their star first baseman returns to form in 2014: They owe him $212 million over the next eight seasons, including $30 million in 2021, when he will be 41.

He’s not the only big contract the Angels have to worry about: Outfielder Josh Hamilton has been a disaster in the first of his five-year, $125 million deal. The Angels, though, aren’t the only team worrying about players with big long-term contracts whose performance is declining. A look at some of them:


Albert Pujols (age 33)


Owed: 8 years, $212m

On the field: Has put up career worsts in OPS, OBP, and slugging in his two seasons in Anaheim.

Josh Hamilton (32)

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Owed: 4 years, $98m

On the field: Forty-three homers and 128 RBIs in 2012, 15 and 43 so far in 2013.


1B Adrian Gonzalez (31)

Owed: 5 years, $106m


On the field: After six straight seasons of .500-plus slugging, .463 in 2012, .472 this season.

OF Carl Crawford (31)

Owed: 4 years, $82.5m

On the field: Barely. Played 31 games in 2012, 67 so far in 2013.

OF Andre Ethier (31)

Owed: 4 years, $67.5m

On the field: Career 162-game averages: 20 HRs, 84 RBIs, .288 BA, .469 slugging.


3B Alex Rodriguez (38)

Owed: 4 years, $86m

On the field: Significant declines in all offensive categories last five seasons.

P CC Sabathia (33)

Owed: 3 years, $71m

On the field: Looking at career worsts in ERA, ERA+, WHIP, and hits and HRs per 9 innings.

1B Mark Texeira (33)

Owed: 3 years, $67.5m

On the field: 2009 was last season he topped .500 slugging and .900 OPS.


P Cole Hamels (29)

Owed: 5 years, $112.5m

On the field: First year of 6-year deal: 4-13, 4.09 ERA, 1.248 WHIP.

1B Ryan Howard (33)

Owed: 3 years, $75m

On the field: Achilles’ and knee injuries have sapped power, playing time last two seasons.


3B Ryan Zimmerman (28)

Owed: 6 years, $100m

On the field: Has played more than 145 games only three times in his nine seasons.

OF Jayson Werth (34)

Owed: 4 years, $83m

On the field: Four seasons in Philly -- .282/.380/.506/.885; three in Washington -- .267/.355/.430/.785.

Source: Contract information from Baseball Prospectus.

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