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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
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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: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

4) He is into charity. (And doesn't just have his name on one, he actually works...)


Yup, pretty sure #4 on your list is worth a good 4 or 5 million a year!  Really?!?!?!  This has nothing to do with his contract...nice to throw it out there, but I'm sure there are a lot of players that are as good as or better than Albert when it comes to charity...but I can't recall one guy that used it to get more money in his contract...



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

Albert Pujols -- Lebron James of the MLB?



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

The Cards are going to sweat all the way through this one. Albert is a dominant figure and still has (give or take) 5 good years left. He hasn't been bit by the injury bug but he is getting older. This is far more interesting than ARod back in the day. Here are some facts:

1) He is a beast.
2) He is a good fielder.
3) Has a SQUEAKY CLEAN IMAGE.
4) He is into charity. (And doesn't just have his name on one, he actually works...)
5) Performs, year in and year out.

The above listed facts are going to easily draw 30 million/year, no matter who is in the running. I think Pujols is wanting to chase records. He has a legitimate chance to catch some people in the next 5 or 6 years, as long as he stays healthy. I see him looking to "hitters parks" to help him climb the standings. Chicago, Cincinnati or Colorado come to mind. Can any of these teams truly afford him? NOPE. Can the Cardinals afford him? Not unless they abandon all thoughts of winnings to have a 'draw' to the ballpark. I don't think he will be a Yankee, he simply likes facial hair too much.

This is going to be an interesting 3 or 4 weeks for the Cards. Good luck with this one!




Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

I'd offer him whatever Joe Mauer settled for last year. That would seem fair to everyone. The only way he gets 300 million dollars would be as a Yankee and they have a top notch 1st baseman.  Truth s that 1st baseman is the easiest position to flll well. You don't need the best one to be a winner. I can't even remember who played 1st on the Giants last year. That said, Pujols is the best and needs to be paid like it.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

Best 1-2 punch in the NL? What are you smokin? The Phillies bought that. They even took it a step further....1,2,3 punch.



Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

Albert Pujols will stay in St. Louis. He loves the city and the team and he has preached loyalty throughout his career.  I am not naive in thinking that these things will prevail. He is an exceptional player and he will stay put. He is doing the right thing by giving the Cardinals an ultimatum. Since Jockety left and spurned the Reds to the playoffs, the team has been dragging their feet on all kinds of issues.  He is also big enough to keep this from being a distraction, that says something about his integrity.  That being said, I hope this gets done soon. 



Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

Trade Pujols to the Phillies for Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins! Pujols would love it here!



Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

The Rangers will sign him when he hits the FA market.




Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

Not really. He holds the purse strings. They have to come in with a huge number if that is what he wants or lose him in the offseason and only get 2 draft picks. The Cards are powerless at this point unless they can A) sign him now or B) get him to accept a trade.



Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

The Cardinals better watch out or they are going to lose something very very special. Players like this do not come along very often! Do whatever it takes to sign him or you only have yourselves to blame when he is gone!


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