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Including all three agreements, Pujols could make up to $268.75 million over 20 years. That includes $875,000 in possible award bonuses each year for accomplishments such as Most Valuable Player, World Series and league championship series MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger, and making the All-Star team.
Like C.J. Wilson's $77.5 million, five-year contract, which also was agreed to Dec. 8, Pujols' deal is heavily backloaded. His 2012 salary will be $12 million, down from the $16 million he made last year in the option year of his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Pujols salary increases to $16 million in 2013 and $23 million in 2014, then rises $1 million annually until he makes $30 million in 2021, when he will be 41.
It is only the third $200 million contract in baseball history, behind Alex Rodriguez's $252 million deal with Texas after the 2000 season and A-Rod's $275 million agreement with the Yankees after the 2007 season.
Pujols' average salary matches that of Philadelphia pitcher Cliff Lee for third highest among current players behind Rodriguez and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard ($25 million).
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