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Cards, Pujols resume contract talks

Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:01 pm
 
Albert Pujols
The Cardinals and the agent for Albert Pujols have begun serious discussions this week on what promises to be a groundbreaking contract for the three-time MVP.

Sources tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that negotiations have taken a "positive" tone, though Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, and general manager Jon Mozeliak have pledged negotiations will be conducted privately. Pujols is in the final year of an eight-year deal, and has said he won't talk contract after spring training opens -- either the Cards wrap him up with an extension in the next few weeks, or he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. That's not to say St. Louis couldn't still sign him after the season, but you know the Cardinals would rather not have him testing the market.

This should be interesting to watch, because perhaps no player in history has been better positioned to ask for a huge payday than Pujols. Basically it's 2000 Alex Rodriguez (best player in the game looking for a career contract) multiplied by 2010 Derek Jeter (face of a franchise that can't even think about losing him).

Looking at recent contracts, how much is Pujols theoretically worth? We're talking about a player who has finished in the top two for MVP in seven of his 10 seasons, and is about to turn 31. Is he the first $30 million a year guy? Given that St. Louis is a relatively small market whose payroll last season was $94 million, can they even think about paying someone $30 million, no matter how much he means to the franchise? Is Pujols willing to take less than he might get elsewhere in order to be a career Cardinal? Like I said, this could get interesting.

-- David Andriesen

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Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Cards, Pujols resume contract talks

In all seriousness, I could easily envision a scenario in which this thing gets pushed back to next off-season, when things get REALLY interesting. Can the Cards--a relatively low budget club--afford to pay Pujols anywhere NEAR what he would be worth on the open market? We shall see...But if they can't , Pujols should do what is best for him and his family, not what is best for the Cardinals. They have already gotten possibly the greatest starting decade of a career in baseball history for an UNSPEAKABLE discount, as Pujols has been grossly underpaid given his performance on the field, not even to mention his value off it...Anyway, getcha popcorn ready...



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Cards, Pujols resume contract talks

**Pujols in a Cubbies Uniform** Perfect!...Albert, you could make 50 HRs a yearly thing playing at Wrigley! 



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:58 am
 

Cards, Pujols resume contract talks

Albert will never see another Championship with St louis if he makes 30million per.



Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Cards, Pujols resume contract talks

Fo' shizzle ma Nizzle.



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Inhale, exhale, just got an ounce in the mail....

Drizzle7,

Moe, seriosuly, what do you think Moe.....3-5 cylces per year for the Jost? 6-8 cycles per year? Not sure Moe, what do you think? What's his neck? 48 inches? Nooooooooooo, that's natural Moe, you can get that big without juice. His face looks like a cantelouple. Seriosuly, if you went down to Wegman's, bought a cantelouple, and had an artist drar the Jost's face, it'd be identical.

Holla back soon, son, gotta get back to the 4-footer and call my street pharamacist for some backup Moe. Oh yeah, and then go take my nap, of course.



Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Cards, Pujols resume contract talks

FACENATION is a complete fool. Get a clue and refrain from slandering quality ball players with baseless claims..MOE! You sound like you've been hit over the head a few too many times or you've smoked too many bowls. Where does it say he failed a test? SHow me the proof, article or whatever that says he failed. And why are you the only person privy to this information? If not, take a nap it's past your bed time.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Cards, Pujols resume contract talks

All the talk about money and negotiations is a joke.  If he doesn't get $30mil he'll get really really close to it, and everyone in the world knows that St Louis can't compete money wise this the big city guys.  Albert is unique, he is not going to just go for the bucks, he would love to be a player like Cal and Derek (minus this years contract crap) that plays his entire year with one team and IS the FACE of the team.  He'll wind up with an 8 to 10 year deal for around $28 - $30mil per year.  Unlike ARod, thisi guy is actually worth it, and I'm a Yankees guy!



Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Cards, Pujols resume contract talks

Who is Moe??



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Cards, Pujols resume contract talks

It's amazing how we have come to terms with the concept that a sports figure is worth far more than $20 Million/Year. No doubt Albert Pujols is that sports figure. He has earned the right to set the bar as high as he can. He may not be looking for a record-setting deal, but even the Cardinal shelled out nearly $20 Million/Year to secure Matt Holliday. That said, I can not believe the Cardinals would ever let Pujols go all season without a contract extension. If the Cardinals have any prayer of competing for a World Series, they need Albert now. $30 Million would certainly not be overpaying for arguably the best player ever. If Albert does leave, it would be the greatest mistake the Cardinals will ever make. It will be exciting to see how this story develops.  



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:48 pm
 

The juice is loose!

Listen Cashbags, meds aside, The Jost was down at Hiller's Market this past weekend, wiping out the juice aisle Moe. You know it, and I know it. All blown out. It's only a matter of time before the hammer gets dropped on the Jost. He's been dirty since the minors.


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