Baseball used to be a game of juiced-out sluggers putting up unrealistic numbers and driving demand for their production. Monster contracts were paid to Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and Jason Giambi whose phony price tags were based on their shoving syringes in their asses and crushing home run balls. Those contracts opened the flood gates for guys like Albert Pujols, Mark Texiera, and Johan Santana who (to no fault of their own) cashed in on baseball's corrupt era.
The costs of those contracts are passed on to the fans who now watch bad players at an inflated price. During the steroid era, at least, you had Barry Bonds smashing homers into McCovey and Ken Caminiti firing balls at the speed of sound across the infield. Now, you have Alfonso Soriano fouling-out every at bat and Barry Zito hanging 65-mph curve balls and you actually pay more for it.
Albert Pujols signed a 10-year-$254M deal this winter and will make a bonkers $30M in 2021 (when he's 41-years-old). Because of a "personal services" agreement Pujols will receive $1M a year for a decade after his retirement. That means a Halos fan born today will pay for Albert Pujols through their freshman year of college. The Angels have mortgaged their franchise on the immediate success of a team that, at the moment, is under .500. It's a gamble made by GM Jerry Dipoto who, if it doesn't work out, will still be rich. If Albert Pujols permanently forgets how to play baseball he will still be filthy rich. If the team never wins another game, owner Arte Moreno will be insanely rich. So, what's at stake for them? Nothing, really.