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Pujols drama gearing up as deadline looms

Posted on: February 13, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 1:50 pm
Albert Pujols The Cardinals' pitchers and catchers report today, but the big day in St. Louis (or, well, Jupiter, Fla.) will be Wednesday -- Albert Pujols' deadline for a new contract.

Of course, what the exact zero hour for Pujols' end to contract talks isn't exactly clear, general manager John Mozeliak told's Matthew Leach .

"Honest I don't know at the moment," Mozeliak said. "I'll know when I need to know."

Beyond that, Mozeliak said he won't talk about Pujols' contract talks until at least Tuesday, but will likely talk on Wednesday.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the team doesn't what to give more than seven years to Pujols, Strauss also notes the Cardinals had not "tendered an offer as of early next week," but are expected to give an offer closer to the deadline.

Even if Pujols does become a free agent after this season, the Cardinals would be considered the front-runner to retain his services. At least one American League general manager agrees, telling Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe , "What will happen is, they'll get it done. The Cardinals aren't a small-market team, so they're in that area where they probably have to do it because not doing it would create chaos and possible loss of revenue."

Of course, then there's what the New York Post 's Joel Sherman calls the Cardinals' "nightmare scenario" -- Pujols signing with the Cubs. An American League executive tells Sherman that Pujols "would be to the Cubs what [Barry] Bonds was to the Giants, but with a nicer face and nine games a year at Busch Stadium."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2011 12:11 pm

Pujols drama gearing up as deadline looms

I think Pujols would settle for less then 30mil/yr for 10yrs. Seems like he wants to end his career with Cards and with 7yrs that the Cards are offering him, Pujols will notbe able to accomplish that. He knows he can play for more than 7yrs.

Although he has been the best in the league since 00. to get a deal like that just might be a long shot for Pujols at 31.
So I can see Cards offering him a 10yr that he wants at around 27-28mil/yr.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2011 9:16 pm

Dude, don't kill the team

Albert wants $30 mil a year for 10 years. 

Let's assume that he maintains his skils at or near his current level for the next 5-6 years.  That means that for 5-6 years St. Louis will pay $30 mil a year for a declining player, killing the budget for any kind of replacements or pitching needs or...well, anything.  

Albert, don't be so greedy and dense.  

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2011 7:52 pm

Pujols drama gearing up as deadline looms

He'll never be a cub!

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