Miami Marlins increase offer to Albert Pujols to 10 years and more than $200 million - chicagotribune.com You have to be joking! This will go down as one of the worst signings in sports history. First, Pujols is 32 that means he will be 42 when his deal is up. Traditionally players start breaking down at 33-34. During the steriod era players, like Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Big Mac, Palmerio all prolonged their career via steroids. You remember when Clemens broke down in Boston and then had a MIRACLE career revival in Toronto and then carrying it onto NY and Houston. Without steroids he would have been on a sharp decline after Boston. This is the steroid era, even if Pujols used them in the past, he won't have them now and when he moves onto the wrong side of 35. He will break down. Second, Pujols isn't Cal Ripken. He isn't an iron-man playing every game. In fact, the last few season he has sat out at least a quarter to a half of the games. With him getting older their is no reason to believe that won't continue. Third, 10 year contracts usually never work out. See ARoid in Texas. ARod, didn't get injured, played to MVP level, but the contract was so large and so long it crippled the organization and this might have been the most successful contract that was 8-10 years. See how bad the Soriano contract is for the Cubs. The list is endless of failure and tiny for success! Fourth, while Pujols has been the best in baseball, he had his worst season last year. It might be a fluke, but I doubt he will even live up the $20 mil a season he will be paid. At 20 mil minim 40+ HR, 120+ RBI and .310+ BA and solid defense is a must! Those are tough numbers for year in and year out to achieve.