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Albert Pujols has incredibly unlikely clause in Cardinals contract

Albert Pujols looking on

Albert Pujols agreed to an incentive-laden one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. At least one of those incentives is not something the Cardinals will have to worry about paying anytime soon.

Pujols will receive a base salary of $2.5 million, but his deal is loaded with bonuses for various achievements. Perhaps the silliest, as reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network, is the $100,000 Pujols would receive for winning a Gold Glove.

Pujols probably will not even get the chance to earn a Gold Glove, with the Cardinals poised to use him largely as a part-time designated hitter and bench bat. He has not even played 100 games in the field since the 2014 season.

The truth is that Pujols is unlikely to hit pretty much any of these incentives, and both sides know it. He has some utility off the bench, and combined with the feel-good factor of his return to St. Louis, that’s the big reason for his return.

Photo: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

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