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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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Comments

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Pujols Can now be low balled




Since: May 16, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

And where would they play him ? he is a horrible outfielder and tex is there for the next 6 years  at 1st base, well he could dh but the yankees wouldhave to eat a couple of years on posadas contract but they could do it especailly since they just paid 35 million for a middle releif man



Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

He's going to the Skanks.



Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

Man would Albert look good in cubbies blue!! Imagine the numbers he would put up with all those games in Wrigley!!!!



Since: Feb 26, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

I agree that you can't compare the Yankees to the Cardinals in terms of ability to pay.  It does, however, show what Pujols' value could be .  If Albert takes $25-30MM per year, that would still be considered a home town discount.  Albert is worth, to the Cardinals, at least more than Holliday ($16.3MM) or Carpenter ($15.8MM).  Albert is the face of the franchise.  He is the best player in baseball. 

I'm still shocked that the front office didn't lock him down to a multi-year contract years ago.  Imagine this - if the Cardinals had extended his contract 3 years ago...they'd probably have gotten him for around $20MM per year.  Right now that would be a bargain!!  They didn't do it then...and now the market suggests more than $25MM...even for a home town discount.  The Cardinals front office needs to accept they have made a huge mistake and just work out a deal to keep Pujols in St. Louis before they make an even larger mistake by letting him go somewhere else.



Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

St. Louis Cardinals should not consider trading A.P. unless they would receive someone or a number of players of equal value.



Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

You can't compare what the Cardinals are willing to pay Pujols to what the Yankees pay their players.  The Yanks don't care about money - they run the business to win rings.  Other organizations run it to make money.  Is Pujols worth 30 million a year?  Absolutely!  But, is he worth that to the Cardinals? We will find out soon enough.  I also think that any contract over 7 years in baseball is stupid.  You can't count on Pujols to be that great in 10 years.  The Cardinals need to look out for themselves, not for Albert Pujols.  If Pujols walks, so be it.  You can't bet your whole franchise on one player, just ask the Texas Rangers.  The Cardinals have one of the Best OF's, the Best 1st Baseman, and probably the best 1/2 punch in the National League in Carpenter and Wainwright - and still we watch the Reds win the division.  Something has to change in St. Louis.

Cgram



Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

Chiledipper,  if you were trying to get or keep a job, would you not use any leverage you could to get the best deal for yourself?  If not, you are in the very, very small minority.  I agree that players are completely out of touch with reality regarding their salaries, however the owners continue to pay these prices, so who is to blame?  Not Albert. 



Since: Feb 26, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

I'll simply ask...get rid of Pujols and get WHO?  Name 1 player with Pujols like numbers.  His 10-year average numbers: 156 games, .331 BA, 41 HR, 123 RBI, 119 R, 190H, 43 2B, and oh ya - only 65 SO.  If A-Roid is making $33MM; Jayson Werth just got $126MM over 7 years ($18/yr avg); and Carl Crawford got $142MM over 7 years ($20MM/yr avg)...then how much is Pujols worth?  Don't use the arguement that the Yankees can spend more than the Cardinals.  Pujols isn't the highest paid player on his own team - Holliday made $16.3MM last year.  Pujols isn't even the 2nd highest paid player on his own team - Chris Carpenter made more at $15.8MM.  Pujols, even with a home town discount, is worth $28-30MM per year.  He could make more on the open market.  He wants to remain a Cardinal...but if he did go free agent, teams like the Mets, Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers, and Cubs would all consider paying $30MM or more per year.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Pujols trade not an option

I'll gladly concede Albert Pujols is probably the best player in the game today. However I submit he isn't worth $300m for 10 years... yet maybe he is worth $30m a year for...3 years? Yet what ticks me off to no end is the ingratitude of players today. Albert Pujols refusal to allow the Cardinals to trade him if they can't sign him to what amounts to the biggest contract in history is dirtbag stuff and speaks directly to what most fans dislike about today's professional athlete. Don't get me wrong... I encourage Albert to go out and get all he can get... but what in the name of all that is right is wrong with showing the slightest bit of appreciation for the organization that made you a gazillionaire and exiting with hero status in every Cardinal fans eyes? (My profile will show you I'm a Diamndback fann too by the way.) I know it's a rant and you can rip me... but I just get sick of the attitude by todays athlete acting like we owe 'em!


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