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Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:02 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 4:18 pm
By Matt Snyder

Albert Pujols signed with the Angels last week in a move that shocked the baseball world. We knew that. But his wife, Deidre (or "Dee Dee") says the people don't know the reality of the situation -- which is that the Cardinals' offer didn't come anywhere close to what has been reported, because it was only for five years. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“What I’m saying is it wasn’t a guaranteed situation,” she said. “When you have somebody say, ‘We want you to be a Cardinal for life’ and only offer you a five-year deal ... it kind of confused us. ...

“Well, we got over that insult and felt like Albert had given so much of himself to baseball and into the community that he at least deserved the opportunity to have real life-long -- you know, I tell you what -- we didn’t want to go through this again. Free agency, it’s stressful.”
The Post-Dispatch has reported that the Cardinals' initial offer -- what Dee Dee called an "insult" -- was for five years and $130 million. Of course, the Post-Dispatch is also reporting the offer grew to 10 years and $210 through the course of the negotiations -- which was widely reported during the Winter Meetings last week. On the flip-side, they also report that there was a "significant" portion of the deal in deferred, interest-free, money. So while Mrs. Pujols can say this move wasn't about the money, it's pretty evident it was very much about the money (Pujols signed for 10 years, $254 million and none of that is deferred). Not that I'm blaming them one bit, as $44 million is quite a chunk of change to think about turning down.

Deidre also mentioned that she was surprised Cardinals fans turned on Pujols so quickly upon the news of him signing to play elsewhere. I guess she didn't watch The Decision, huh?

In fairness, we must point out that Mrs. Pujols did say, "we still love St. Louis and always will."

Still, it was 20 minutes of justifications on a radio show in an argument she can't win. With Pujols signing, the fans of St. Louis are going to be angry, and nothing she can say will change that. This goes for free agents leaving places for more money in every sport.

The full interview is available on via Joy FM's website.

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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:28 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

redwings1969 wrote:
Why should an athlete with not one but supposedly 2 10 year deals on the table right off the hop negotiate for long with a team offering 5 or 7 or 8 years with deferred money on top of that?  Loyalty?

I agree with all your points...but the situation is actually worse than what you describe above.  There were reportedly THREE better offers on the table.  There is an as-yet-unidentified third team who also offered more than the Cardinals' last offer.  No one is sure who the third team is as of yet, but their offer was below the Angels' offer.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:24 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

I am a Cardinals fan...but your numbers are wrong.  St. Louis has won two titles in the last SIX years. 

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011....unless my abacus is broken, that's six seasons. 

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:11 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

i understand where Pujol's is coming from - I was insulted buy a $130 million dollar contract once before and it really hurts.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:58 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Look, a "home town discount" is fine, I guess, within reason.  But exactly how big does that "discount" have to be.  IMO, assuming any team should get a "home town discount" out of "loyalty" (a loyalty the Cards would not show by giving a no trade clause in the contract or guaranteeing the full 10 years), is maybe 10%  So if the Marlins offered $275million (as I have read) or the Angels's $254million is the "market price" then that home town discount, at most, is $27.5million (10% of $275million) while the difference between the Cards and Angels offers was over $40million.  Plus, don't forget, its not just the difference between $254million and $210 (which is still huge) but (1) the Cardinals' offer was not fully guaranteed, the Angels offer is, so the difference could be wider, (2) The Cardinals' offer included $30million in deferred payments with 0% interest -- depending on how long the differal is the interest lost on that $30million is millions, or even tens of millions, more AND (3) the 10 year personal services contract that kicks in after the 10 year playing contract (or whenever Pujols retires) is worth even more Millions (I have not seen terms, lets assume a minimum of $1million per year, $10million total).  Very fast the $44 million gap becomes maybe $75 or $80 million?  Maybe more?

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:55 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

You have to kind of wonder if the Cardinals didn't make Pujols a 10-year offer because of his age. I don't mean age in that Pujols will turn 32 in January, but that Pujols may be actually older than he says.

Giving a 10 year guaranteed contract to ANY player is bad business.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:52 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

I almways find it amusing when people compare professional athletes lives and decisions to the lives and decisions of regular people.  It's a waste of time. 

Bottom line is that I'm going ot work for whoever wants to pay me the most for using my skill set.  Period.  Why do people feel that pro athletes should work for less just because.  It's ridiculous.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:49 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

skeezix69, as much as it pains me to say this as a Cubs fan, what are you talking about.  How do you conclude that Rose had better stats than Pujols.  Pujols is a .328 lifetime hitter with a .420 OBP.  Rose was a .303 lifetime hitter with a .374 OBP.  Those are the stats that SHOULD favor Rose.  If you start to compare power numbers it becomes laughable.  Pujols is also a gold glove valiber defender and played a decent third base and outfielder before settling into first base.  Rose is great and belongs in the HOF.  His hits record may never be broken.  But Pujols is a better player, and has better numbers.  Also, salaries have gone up quite considerably, so comparing Rose to Pujols in terms of pay means little.  The issue is that Pujols is best player in mlb, but he won't be for many of the years that this contract covers.  For the next couple of years the Angels got themselves the best hitter in baseball.  But the back end of this deal will haunt them. 

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:45 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Pujols isn't the player Pete Rose is? Rose was a great player a HOF player. Clutch and imo one of the top 30 baseball players that every lived. Albert Pujols if he reitred  now would be on the level rose is about the 25th- 30th best player ever. Thats if he got injured and never took another at bat. Before its said and done Pujols will be a top 5 all time player well eclipsing rose Your comment that pujols is not even close to Rose is ridiculous and well off base. Your right he is not close..he far far supasses him in terms of being a great baseball player.  

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:42 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Yes..... you do. 
Especially when that guy is 32. 
He's not 28. He's 32. 5 years puts him at 37. And they knew full well they had to extend that. 
You don't put your best offer out there to start even if you're talking about your face-of-the-franchise player. It's . Knowing they had to go up, they started at 5 years----and that's nothing to cry about. He'd be 3 years away from 40. And they started at $26 million a year. Also nothing to cry about.

So in your opinion the Cards starting negotiations with a 5 year offer wasn't ridiculous and made sense?  That's fine, but if that's the case you can't fault Pujols for jumping at a 10 year offer for 254 million dollars.  What a lot of people on these boards want superstars like Pujols to do is look away from teams like the Angels and Marlins that were offering 10 year deals for mega dollars and instead sit down with Cards management begging for less then 2 other teams in MLB are offering.  

Why should an athlete with not one but supposedly 2 10 year deals on the table right off the hop negotiate for long with a team offering 5 or 7 or 8 years with deferred money on top of that?  Loyalty?

I don't know how many times I'm going to say it... loyalty and home team discounts don't apply for players like Pujols. 

Huge unions and agents don't appreciate the best player in their league taking less then competing teams are offering, there is a business side to this obviously very few people on these boards understand.  If Pujols takes less, many others take less now and down the road.   

Look at Mauer on the Twins.  The guy supposedly lives like most of us, a very down to earth guy.... no mansions or 200 thousand dollar vehicles or bling or anything crazy.  He loves Minnesota.. he would never leave.  And they said he would take a home team discount.. heck, JOE MAUER SAID a long time ago he would do that if necessary.

But guess what happened? The agents and union caught up to him, told Joe to shut the f*** up and let his people negotiate the best deal a catcher has ever seen in MLB.   And he did exactly that..... a disgusting 200 million dollar contract for a catcher that most likely will never again play anywhere near a full season and probably already out of his prime because of injuries that will linger forever.  The Twins are screwed......

Pujols is in a much different situation... he doesn't have lingering injuries and he's not a catcher.. never been a catcher in his life or suffered through that wear and tear.  And as good as Mauer is Pujols has had 5 times the career Mauer has and today is 10 times the player Mauer is. So Pujols getting a little more then Mauer makes sense.... it had to happen.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:40 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

The other thing is that if Pujols wants to chase history he has a better chacne with a long term deal in thge AL, where he can DH once his defensive skills diminish with age.  In that respect, even though 10 years is way too long for either team, the Angels had a competetive advantage in that he will be productive for them longer than he would have been had he stayed in St. Louis. 

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