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Pujols trade not an option

Posted on: January 29, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: January 29, 2011 5:13 pm
Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols would exercise his 10-and-5 rights to veto any trade proposal, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney, which leaves the Cardinals with two options: Sign him in the next three weeks, or hope to prevail when he enters free agency after the season.

The first baseman has said he won't be distracted by negotiating an extension once he reports for the season, which makes February 19 the deadline. If the Cardinals were to decide they wouldn't be able to afford Pujols, they could have softened the blow with a big haul they'd get by trading him to someone who wanted an impact addition and/or a leg up on courting him next winter. But if Pujols won't talk trade, the Cardinals will get nothing if they lose him (other than the two draft picks they'd receive for losing a Type A free agent).

Looks like it's all or nothing in the Gateway City.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:13 pm

Pujols trade not an option

I hope he takes a discounted 7 Year Contract rather then 10 Years which will push him to 30 Mil a Year at age 39-40-41.
Why would he do that?  If he's not the best he's as good as any hitter we've seen the last 10 years in MLB.   Why would he consider taking less when he knows somebody in MLB will pay him every nickel he wants if he becomes a free agent?   You want a home team discount?  Not going to get it in this case.  What most of you people don't understand is the union plays a big part in contracts like this.  They don't allow players to set a lower standard for the existing as well as the next generation of players.  Remember Joe Mauer in Minnesota?  Everybody thought he was going to take a home team discount too... he's a catcher that is already starting to struggle a bit with injuries and playing the most demanding position in baseball but he still got a ridiculous contract..... and so will Pujols.

They had the last 2 years to force Pujols to either sign or trade him for a massive package of players and prospects... that was before his 10 and 5 kicked in.  Now Pujols holds all of the power...... and he isn't going to give that power up...  he has them by the throat and he's going to keep squeezing until they pay up or they let him go for just about nothing....

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:12 pm

Pujols trade not an option

Well said Rebel41.  I am really nervous that the arrogant Cards ownership is about to screw the pooch on this one.  Matt Holliday is a nice player, and it was great of Mo and Mr. Dewitt to go out and get him last year.  But I will not be shelling out big money to come see him and a couple very nice pitchers, and I think many Cards fans will think that way as well. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:08 pm

Pujols trade not an option

Let him go. He has been an idiotic distraction the past 5 years running his mouth about MVP, contracts, other players, and playoff chases. Let hin go be a loser on some other team like the Los Mets who need a 1B to look pretty next to Jose Pepe Reyes. With or without him the Cardinals are going to win with that rotation of Garcia, Wainwright, and Carpenter. Pitching is what is important. Prince Fiielder is a free agent too remember that. I am sure the Prince would love to play for a contender and be able to stick it to his former team.
You don't just let a guy like that go man..... well, in this case they might not have a choice since the organization was STUPID and let it get to this point.  They should have made their best offer to Pujols a year or two ago and offered him an extension.  If he says yes, it's all good.  If he would have said no, then you trade him before his 10 and 5 kicks in that allows him to veto a trade.

Do you have any idea what that man would have been worth in a trade lets just say 2 seasons ago?  They would have received an unbelievable package of players and prospects for Pujols.....

But instead they wait until his 10 and 5 kicks in so now Pujols is in the drivers seat.  He's going to get every penny he wants to get, end of story.  One way or another he'll either get it now or as a free agent a year from now.....

As for your rotation guaranteeing the team wins, there is no such thing.  All it takes is one pitcher to have an off year, another pitcher gets hurt and boom... everything changes..... you never know how things are going to work out over a long 162 game season....

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:03 pm

Pujols trade not an option

Those of you with your negative Posts are not Cardinals fans. What we have here is one of the Greatest Baseball Players of our Lives. He is Saint Louis Baseball as much as Gibson-Musical-Dean and the list goes on. Look what the Yankees paid Jeter thier Captain. Jeter is now a 250 Hitter. Pujols is still going to hit 310 and hit 30 Home Runs and drive in over 100 RBI's for many many Years to come. He is worth the 30 Mil a year. I hope he takes a discounted 7 Year Contract rather then 10 Years which will push him to 30 Mil a Year at age 39-40-41. I dont know if those last 3 Years will be as productive as the next 7 Great Years. Lets not forget his Glove. That is Golden also. And he plays Hurt. He is Saint Louis . He is Da Man....Sign him in the next 3 weeks or we will miss History in Saint Louis.

Since: Aug 19, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:01 pm

Pujols trade not an option

First of all let me start by saying this is not coming from a Card fan but a baseball fan. Albert Pujols is arguably one of the top 3 right handed hitters in the last 25 years,he hits for average,power and is a pretty good fielder to boot. Whether or not the Cards can afford him Im not gonna get into but I would sure love to see him in the black and silver of my hometown White Sox.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:00 pm

Pujols trade not an option

and definitely not by juicing.
BabyBlue...not ure how yu can definately make this statement

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 1:51 pm

Pujols trade not an option

finallysaved and don rey are the two biggest morons in the world!!  it's people like you that give the cardinal fan base a bad name!  finallysaved, how can you even say that pujols is on the downside of his career?  he's 31.  how'd he do last year?  it was one of his worst years and yet he batted over .300 and slugged over 40 home runs.  yeah he's on the downside you .  that staff is decent but if you don't have a power hitter in your lineup then the other teams' staff will be much more efficient than the cardinals.  please stop posting on the baseball boards because your stupidity knows no bounds!

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 1:48 pm

Pujols trade not an option

Finnallysaved you are an idiot. Pujols is one of the few players in baseball that isn't money hungry, signing a hometown discount in his last deal. Over the hill? You call almost .340 BA and 31hr's over the hill, well you obviously don't know what you're talking about. He has hit over .320 and more than 30hr's in the first TEN years he has been in the league, and definitely not by juicing. He is a once in a generation player, and it will be a long time before we'll ever see the likes of that again. Declaring that he will not be traded for essentially one year, and that he won't deal with the mental distractions of a season and a contract negotiation is not being money hungry, it's saying look I'm not going to play games, if you want me, sign me or be prepared to get in line. If St. Louis cannot afford him, that's their problem because they've had plenty of time to prepare for this day and we'll see if they have. If I were in his shoes, I would not want to be traded to the Padres, Athletics, or Indians etc instead of enjoying what might be my last year in front of the fans who've been with me all along. And not giving a hometown discount is wise, ask Bronson Arroyo how that worked out when he gave one to the Red Sox and then they promptly traded him to Cincinnatti. It's simple, pay the man or watch him leave. He has given ten years to the Cardinals and won them a championship, he doesn't owe them anything after this season and that doesn't make him money hungry. You want that, go talk to Vladimir Guerrerro or Adrian Beltre.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 1:38 pm

Pujols trade not an option

He obviously just plays for the love of the game! I don't care WHO you are or what you do, NOBODY is worth that much scratch. Before this is over it's going to look like the LeBron show!

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 1:31 pm

Pujols trade not an option

thinking all about the money...of course...but give him some credit he did draw a line and does not want himself to be the distraction in the clubhouse if there were trade talks and salary talks all year.

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