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Friday, January 6, 2012
Check out the perks in Albert Pujols' deal

By Richard Durrett

The details of Albert Pujols' contract with the Angels were revealed this week and they include some interesting perks:

* Four season tickets for the life of his contract (that's the 10-year, $240 million contract, of course)
* A hotel suite on road trips
* A luxury suite at the ballpark for the Pujols Foundation, his charitable group, for 10 home games a year
* The right to buy a luxury suite between first base and third base for all home games

More from the story:

Los Angeles' offer to Pujols surpassed St. Louis' offer by more than $40 million. Pujols played his first 11 seasons with the Cardinals.

The Angels' deal was so complicated that it includes three separate agreements: His playing contract, a marketing deal and an agreement to enter a 10-year, personal-services agreement following the playing contract's expiration or Pujols' retirement, whichever is later. That will pay $1 million annually, but because it is contingent on Pujols actually working for the team, it is not considered guaranteed money for the purposes of baseball's luxury tax.