According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Pujols took an extremely backloaded contract in order to help the team sign free-agent starting pitcher C.J. Wilson. Pujols will earn $12 million and $16 million in the first two-years of the contract. The salary will increase yearly after, increasing to over $30 million per year in the later years of the deal.
Crasnick also reports the contract "includes a personal services contract with the Angels" that kicks in after retirement. Pujols will receive $10 million combined for reaching the 3,000 hit milestone and breaking Barry Bonds' 762 home run record.
- Albert Pujols agreed to backload deal to help Los Angeles Angels land C.J. Wilson - ESPN Los Angeles
"Albert Pujols made some accommodations to help his new club land another prize catch this winter."