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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: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Pujols negotiations going slowly

I WOULDN'T BE TO SURE OF THAT BRO!!! CARDS HAVE ALL OF THEIR MONEY WRAPPED UP IN HOLLIDAY THEN CARP WAIN AND GARCIA ARE FA RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Pujols negotiations going slowly

I find myself in the camp of the "sane" Cardinal Fan posters on here suggesting Albert Pujols... while clearly a tremendous player... isn't worth $30m a season... especially when he'll be 42 during the proposed last seaons of his contract demand. Offer him 5 years at $25m with incentives and I bet he takes it.



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Pujols negotiations going slowly

After 10 seasons in the majors Pujols is everybit as comparable as ARod was after his first 10 seasons in the majors.  The main difference being that ARod was a shortstop and Pujols is a 1B.  That one reason, however, can not be underestimated.  How often does a SS come around who can hit 50 HR's a season, drive in 140 RBIs, and at the same time have the ability to steal 30 bases?  It will probably never happen again.  So as close as these two come to hitting prowess, the fact that ARod was a SS delineates a difference in the two that can not be denied.  I am not going to say that ARod was worth 30M, but as a SS he was a rarer commodity than Pujols is as a 1B.  He ,therefore, should have been worth more.  Pujols should realize this and come down off of that pedestal a bit.  Having said that ...

... how the heck can Pujols accept any less than 35M per year when the Red Sox are giving Crawford 21+M per year for 7 years?!!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Pujols negotiations going slowly

Pujols signing this deal with the Mets seems appropriate like all the other guys who go there to fade away into oblivion with ridiculous contracts.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Pujols negotiations going slowly

#1. EXCEPT ... the Cardinals are NOT a small market team. They're actually 12th in salary. The Pujols contract alone will move them up past the Dodgers, Giants, Mariners and Twins.

#2. For Pujols it obviously is about money if he is asking for a long term deal that will end when he is 42, an age where he likely will be at least 5-6 years past the beginning of his decline. Why pay 30 million to a guy who is not half the player he was in his prime? Even the Yankees have more common sense than that!

#3. For the Cards they are better off. So I agree on that part, however the Padres traded half their pen and Gonzalez. They're not going to fair well this season.

#4. Yankees would be smart to dump Teixeira flat out and sign someone else.

#5. If they do, it won't be for what he is asking. Carpenter and Wainwright are more important to the team than Pujols. A loss of 1 bat who has contributed to only 1 ring won't matter. Pujols is a great hitter but fails as a role model and a leader.



Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Pujols negotiations going slowly

#1.  St. Louis has money, probably more than most teams have.  Small markets get revenue from MLB, big numbers, but many of the small market owners like to pocket the cash, rather than spending it on their teams.  Look what happened with Washington this season when they decided to spend money.

#2.  It's not always about ego and money.  Prime example, Cliff Lee.  While it may be true in the case of Pujols, we won't know until negotiations are done, and he's either signed or traded.

#3.  Even if they lost him, it doesn't mean the end of the world for the Cards.  For this season, perhaps, but look at San Diego, post Adrian Gonzales.  To me, they look on paper like a better team going into 2011, since they traded well, and spent their money wisely.
#4.  He'd look great in Yankee pinstripes, and maybe they could convince Texiera that Left Field is his favorite new position.

#5.  All the above are moot, since the Cards will sign him.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Pujols negotiations going slowly

The Mets would make room for Pujols. So will the Cubs...maybe others...but they probably won't pay more than the Cardinals offer, and they can't guarantee a supporting cast, if that makes a difference to Pujols. Hell, the Yankees might join the bragging contest, but won't even guarentee a pitching staff capable of keeping them in the game with an All-Star lineup.  

Nice post... except for one thing. On the one hand you say Pujols is making it all about him and being number 1 and not the team and then you talk about teams guaranteeing him a supporting cast.

Only two things matter to Pujols right now, and winning isn't one of them.  One is the power or prestige of being the highest paid player in the history of the game.. and the other is of course the things he can buy being the highest paid player to ever play the game.

Winning? Doesn't matter to him anymore....  he won a World Series... he won an MVP..... all he needs is some more money....

And don't be surprised if you're wrong and if and when he becomes an UFA somebody offers him a lot more then the Cards did....

Baseball doesn't have a hard salary cap like the NHL does..... teams will overpay just so a rival doesn't get him.....  especially in the American League where the DH exists..... 




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Pujols negotiations going slowly

Hilarious. 

Loyalty...can be found between Larceny and Lunacy in the dictionary, but is much harder to find in MLB.

At least Derek Jeter DID pick the richest payroll in MLB to ask for ridiculous money. Cliff Lee showed it wasn't all about the money. Pujols thinks the Cards should put the Arch on E-Bay, sell the Clydesdales and ask all that pitching to take a pay cut, so he can make the most money in MLB history ? 

It's not about the difference in $250 and $300 MILLION, or even about winning, IT'S ABOUT "I'M THE BIGGEST", to Pujols.

Pujols knows the Cardinals without him, are, well....Matt Holliday without lineup protection, and 3 starting pitchers...but St.Louis WITH Pujols at his price,  may be Pujols, Holliday and 1 starting pitcher before long...no more budget to buy a new DP combo and a 4th starter for every playoff push, and the Bat Boy might have to take a cut. 

The Mets would make room for Pujols. So will the Cubs...maybe others...but they probably won't pay more than the Cardinals offer, and they can't guarantee a supporting cast, if that makes a difference to Pujols. Hell, the Yankees might join the bragging contest, but won't even guarentee a pitching staff capable of keeping them in the game with an All-Star lineup.  

Welcome to LeBron James self-promotion, and small market baseball, Mr. Pujols. Condolences to St.Louis, who are learning what it's like to have a player that thinks is too good for them, and their fans.    



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Pujols negotiations going slowly

pujols isnt going anywhere. all u vultures need to buzz off.


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