Albert Pujols is a Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim. That much we know. After signing his 10-year, $254 million contract last week, Pujols joins a team suddenly slated for an Opening Day payroll well above $150 million in 2012.
Fans and pundits expect World Series rings. They expect MVP awards. They expect milestones. The question is, can Pujols deliver?
Strictly speaking, it's hard to imagine a $254 million return on this $254 million investment. Even accounting for inflation, Pujols will probably give back $205 million in on-field production. He could, however, be worth more than the difference if he comes through on certain other fronts. Here are 25 points to come in the timeline of this contract.