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Why stars like Cano, Pujols are worth $240M -- and maybe more

April 2, 2014
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One of the more fitting opening series matchups, especially if you believe the hysteria that baseball contracts are handed out only by the dumb and the loony, finds Robinson Cano and the Mariners visiting Albert Pujols and the Angels. Each of them is being paid $240 million over 10 years. The knock is that most of those seasons will be their decline years as they collect guaranteed money past their 40th birthday.

Too much money over too many years -- that's the common criticism from pundits and fans, not just for the contracts of Cano and Pujols, but also for those of Miguel Cabrera ($248 million, eight years, through age 40), Joey Votto ($225 million, 10 years, through 39), Prince Fielder ($214 million, nine years, through 36) and Joe Mauer ($184 million, nine years, through 35). Those are the six longest contracts signed in the past four years -- none of which have been handed out by a team from New York or Boston.



Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140401/salaries-robinson-cano-albert-pujols-miguel-cabrera/#ixzz2xjIvYifB


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