Albert Pujols' statistics: A little hiccup, or long-term decline?

Diminishing returns

The Angels, in signing Albert Pujols, now 32 years old, to the third-richest contract in baseball history — $240 million over 10 years — are taking a chance that a two-year slide in his offensive production isn't the start of a long-term trend. A look at some of his numbers the last three seasons:

Year; Batting ave.; on-base %; slugging %; HR; RBI; BB; K

2009; .327; .443; .658; 47; 135; 115; 64

2010; .312; .414; .596; 42; 118; 103; 76

2011; .299*; .366*; .541*; 37; 99*; 61*; 58

*-career low.

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