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Pujols negotiations going slowly

Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 5:31 am
Albert Pujols Once unthinkable, with every day between now and Albert Pujols' self-imposed Feb. 16 deadline for a contract extension, the odds get better that we'll see Pujols play somewhere other than St. Louis.

Tim Brown of Yahoo! writes that as of this weekend, the Cardinals have yet to make a concrete offer to Pujols as of this weekend.

Pujols is thought to be looking for Alex Rodriguez-type money -- meaning somewhere around $300 million for at least 10 years. Those types of deals are tough to get done in a week.

The Cardinals have been quiet throughout these negotiations, as have Pujols and his agent, Dan Lozano. Pujols' only bit of leaked information is that when he reaches Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 16, he will call off negotiations for the season, meaning he'll likely end up a free agent.

Of course, just because he's a free agent doesn't mean Pujols won't eventually re-sign with the Cardinals.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:42 pm

Pujols negotiations going slowly

Wow...maybe he is a God!  This guy has an career per-season average of 190 hits, 40 dingers, 130 RBI's and a .330 career hitter!!!!  If his elbow does heal and he plays 10 more years, he will go down as one of the greatest EVER!

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:38 pm

Pujols negotiations going slowly

"+ Jeter + Cano + Rivera and the Cards might think about it"

Relax!  Pujols is one of the greatest pure hitters I have ever seen but he is not a God.  And while he did have incredible stats with a bad elbow, what makes you think that elbow may not shorten his career?  I hope St. Louis reaches a deal because that city will be up in arms if they don't!  BTW, you can take Jeter and Rivera as they have 1-2 more years left in the tank...we will keep Robbie Cano:)!

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 7:42 pm

Pujols negotiations going slowly

LOL you have no idea what you are talking about, but you did make me laugh. #1 priority for Albert is being on contending team he has said it for years. Now you can say that's player speak but he NEVER lied or proven to be anything but a man of his word and the hardest working guy on the team. Ask the other players they admit Albert works harder than anyone else and motivates them to do the same.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 7:35 pm

Pujols negotiations going slowly

Actually many Cardinal players DID give the Cardinals a discount to stay there and others have taken less to come St. Louis. I do question what the Cards mgmt is doing but you are wrong about the discount. Does that mean he will do the same? No, but it's not unheard of , but certianly not smart thinking if you are counting on it.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 7:32 pm

Pujols negotiations going slowly

Yeah bad elbow still hit over .300 with 30 HRs and over 100 rbi's. I hope all other clubs GM's think that as well and stay away! LOL

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:12 pm
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Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:58 pm

Pujols negotiations going slowly

Just give him the entire organazation  and jack tickets up to a million five each.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:56 pm

Pujols negotiations going slowly

I think that most of the teams that can afford to sign Pujols (Yanks, Bosox, Phillies, Angels being considered "money" teams) are close to winning the pennant or world series, and also know that at 31 years of age, this guy still has 5 more years of what he did last year, which was only hit .311, with 42 home runs, and 103 RBI's.

I STILL believe the Cards will have him signed by next week.  This isn't Michael Young we're talking about, although in BOTH cases, they are considered the face of the franchise, and losing them will cost each team some fans.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:24 pm

Pujols negotiations going slowly

You make some valid points and I respect that.  I wouldn't blame the "management" though.  Do you mean the player management? Front office? Owners?  There are a TON of people and factors that come into play, most of which the public never hear about.  On top of that, there are rumors in STL that Pujols could be offered a percentage of the club. Unheard of, but so is Pujols.  I would put most of my money on him being in STL wether they get it done by next week or not.  I think there is more to it that anyone knows and the Pujols camp has ALWAYS been very hush hush.  I do not think he will offere a "hometown discount" as I agree with your argument.  I do however, believe he will stay in St. Loius. 

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:56 pm

Pujols negotiations going slowly

It's just hard to imagine the Yankees taking a chance on Pujols after getting burned twice with Alex Rodriguez.

What does Pujols have to do with ARod? 

I've heard experienced baseball people say dumb s$#t like the yanks wont be interested in Pujols because they have Tex.  To those dumbs&^ts I say, you don't know the Yanks very well.  Trust me when I tell you, if Pujols goes on the market, the Yanks will be players.

Tex, money, and a top prospect or two might just do the job.

You can take that to the proverbial bank!

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