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Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:12 pm
Albert Pujols

By C. Trent Rosecrans

If Albert Pujols was using the Marlins as leverage with the Cardinals, it may just have ended up working -- as St. Louis has upped its offer to the three-time MVP, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. senior writer Scott Miller writes it appears Pujols is now being steered back toward the Cardinals, while the New York Daily News is reporting the Marlins are moving on from Pujols to Prince Fielder.

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The Cardinals new offer could be for as much as $220 million and as many as 10 years, Strauss writes. That's in the same ballpark as the Marlins' offer and would likely keep Pujols in St. Louis for the rest of his career. 

As Miller noted on Tuesday, the Marlins wanted an answer from Pujols soon, so they could move on if they weren't Pujols' final choice. And now that appears it may be the case. 

St. Louis had held firm in its offer of a nine-year deal for $195 million that the team had offered in February, but the Marlins and the an apparent "mystery team" may have pushed the Cardinals' hand. It has been assumed that if all money were equal, the Cardinals would hold the tiebreaker for Pujols' services.

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Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:39 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

The Cardinals and Marlins have to be sweating just a bit, unless one of them already knows something.  Remember last year?  Cliff Lee and the mystery team?  It was a lock that he would end up with either the Yankees or the Rangers, aah the mystery team.  Both teams need starting pitching and the clock is ticking for Buhrle and Wilson.  Oh and Prince is available too.  I think it's very fair to anticipate a lot of action when the Albert signing is announced, who will it be?  Cardinals, Marlins of the infamous Mystery Team.  Tick tock, tick tock!!!!!

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:08 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

First, let me say I am a life long Reds fan and baseball fan.  Pujols has proven by leveraging the Marlins and Cubs, he understands how to play the game on and off the field. I enjoy watching the Reds play the Cardinals both in Cincinnati and driving out to St.Louis, and Pujols is a big reason. As a fellow Christian, he treats his body and others with the love and respect the Lord asks of us. I hope the Cardinals build a statue of Pujols outside the ballpark, because he certainly is someone we can all admire and respect. The contract length and dollar figure is one he has earned and I am quite certain he will honor. God Bless you Albert! Go Reds!!

Since: Dec 3, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:32 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

10-years is too long. Offer Albert 5-years $150M. Albert's numbers are already on the decline and he's not getting any younger. His best years are behind him. At this point, let him go to the Marlins (and let the Marlins regret the deal in 5 years). Cards need to invest their $ into the organization; not mortgage their future by investing too much into a single player!

Come on, Cardinal Owenership ... remove the emotional attachment and think of the future!!!

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:30 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

I'm not a Cards fan, but the Cards won't regret this.  They'll remember the big picture: 
He's been the best and most consistent player of the decade.  9 of his 11 years in the top 5 in MVP voting.

Yet he never had a top-15 salary, and only once had a top-25 salary -- in 2006 when he was 17th.

In the era of hold-outs and renegotiations by far lesser players, Pujols never complained or demanded renegotiation.

Over the full term of his career -- where he may end up as the greatest hitter ever -- the Cards will have received a bargain, even if they "over pay" somewhat on the back-end.

Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:28 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

As a long time Cardinal fan I couldn't agree more.  We appreciate Albert's services but giving him a 10 year contract for that kind of money will seriously hurt the team in the long run.  He has 3 good years left at best.

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:25 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

NL Champs is not a World Series ring, so u can hand all the NL Champ banners you want but at the end of the day the RING is all that matters. If i recall correctly that year the Phillies won the World Series they didnt have an all star pitching rotation like they did last year. So as history has shown us you dont need all star pitching to win it all.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:15 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

Albert is a great one, everyone agrees.  But the Cardinals apparent offer is just playing it safe and they will regret this long before the 10 years is up.  I think Card fans would be very happy if that money was spent on current and future players and letting Albert 'take his talents to South Beach' or wherever.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:09 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

Amen to that. It's not a matter of envy, just reality. The only reason they can pay that kind of money is because guys like us making 15 bucks an hour support them. Kinda kooky.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:05 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

This is why players are worth the money. This is an article about 7000 St. Louis city employees who did NOT get laid off this year because of the World Series being played there. Over 3.5 million dollars in additional tax revenue over 4 games. This doesn't even take into account the part time jobs created at hotels, restaurants, clubs, parking garages, souvenier sales, peanut vendors etc. etc. ...

St. Louis employees will not have to take mandatory furloughs this year after all, thanks to the ' trip to the World Series.

The additional revenue for the city generated by the postseason run has prompted mayor Francis Slay to cancel furloughs. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the good fortune was attributable "to the incredible run to the World Series."

The Cardinals and split the first two games at Busch Stadium. The next three are scheduled to take place in Arlington, Texas, starting Saturday.

Slay said the postseason baseball has generated a little more than $2 million in extra funds for the city. The furloughs were expected to save the city $2.8 million, but if the World Series makes it to seven games, the city would stand to make another $900,000 or so in additional revenue.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:58 pm

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

Wonder what the Marlns will do if they do get AP. Theyll have find somewhere to put Gaby, i would see him at 3b or a trade. But you still have Hanley who doesnt want to play 3b, would they actually trade him for some pitching??

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