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Pujols goes from moneyline MVP to obsolete odds

With the way NBC Sports Joe Posnanski painted the demise of Albert Pujols, you’d swear the Los Angeles Angels first baseman was six feet under.

Posnanski published his column titled “Albert Pujols doesn’t matter anymore” this past weekend, which read like an obituary, pointing to the decline in interest in a player that should be touted as the greatest talent of the post-steroid era.

"And he was thrilling to watch hit. He stood at the plate with that wide stance – he looked so sturdy and immovable, like he was magnetically connected with the batters’ box. He was like a marble statue up there.

The pitcher would throw a ball just off the plate, and Pujols would not only refuse to swing, he would look down and kick at the dirt as if the pitch had never happened, as if it was not even worthy of his disdain. Then, when the right pitch came, his pitch, he would unleash with such ferocity you could almost see the cartoon exclamation points dancing around the collision of bat and ball. Everyone has a Pujols example. He was always one swing away from inspiring awe.

That made him exciting, riveting, one of those athletes who could stop time … and now it’s just gone."

Pujols has been a bust since taking the money and running to Los Angeles in 2012 and is nowhere near the draw he was while winning MVP honors in St. Louis. He’s no longer a must-see at-bat each game and has also fallen in value when it comes to the MLB odds.

According to Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker for, Pujols’ worth to the Angels’ moneyline odds is estimated between two and three cents. His drastic decline in production and chronic health issues have made Pujols – a player once ranked the most valuable to the moneyline (15-20 cents in his prime) – just an OK option at first for the Halos.

Pujols is hitting .253 with 29 RBIs and eight home runs. Names like Brandon Belt, Anthony Rizzo, and Lyle Overbay currently sit above his among the most productive first basemen this season. But those guys will earn a combined $1,879,500 this year. Pujols earns that in 19 games. That's the most expensive two cents in baseball.

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Posted by heylou54
3 years ago

Well one thing I know The guy writing the article $ line is zero + will always be zeo! Worthless. Lyle Overbay compared to Albert ! Really! Lame

Posted by tomnolan
3 years ago

when are these owners going to realize that 10yr contracts are absolutely crazy. especially to a guy who already had questionable knees. if he lasts another 3yrs that's going to be a lot. no one is worth that kind of money. no one!!!!

Posted by stats1
3 years ago

Y not answer now it's still going 2 b the same answer!!!!

Posted by The Hawk
3 years ago

How smart are the Cardinals? How dumb are the Angels? Don't answer right now. Let's wait 10 years.....
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Posted by stats1
3 years ago

"Y not answer now it's still going 2 b the same answer!!!!"