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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 13, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:42 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

You know and everybody knows, that for the next 3 years his going to remind St. louis front office whos Albert Pujols, so dont be suprise to see him hitting an average of 50 homeruns for the next 3 seasons, youre talking about MR. ALBERT PUJOLS, his going to remind you what you dont have anymore, Ill bet you that he can wait for the season to start, or to see the 2013 calendar and see St. louis vs. Anaheim in St. louis for interleague game, and guess what, how many homeruns he is going to hit at his old ballpark, oh how sweet is going to be for him, dont tell me you dont see pride in that big monster. just to remind you, his going to be the best baseball player ever.

The day that the Cardinals didnt sign Albert.

This is going to be remember as the curse of Albertos.    

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:13 pm
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Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:56 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio


If the Cards REALLY wanted him to stay, they shouldn't have taken the risks they did allowing him to become an UFA.  A year ago the Cards offered Pujols 200 million and he supposedly asked for 300 million for 10 years.  The Cards should have split the difference and offered him at least 250 million.  Had they done that Pujols would probably still be in St Louis....

Instead, the Cardinals helped an Angels team get a lot better really fast.... 



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:15 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

brian8ball wrote:

It is any SURPRISE to anyone that this guy had a buisness go under????What nonsense we have to read every day from this guy.He figures if he writes the longest coments it will make it seem like he is not as DUMB as he looks.In Business you don't start NEGOTIATIONS HIGH fool you start low and go up.

In a normal business situation, yes, this is what you do.  In a situation where you are trying to sign the biggest free agent to ever hit the open market, this is absolutely NOT what you do.

The Cardinals knew what the market would be for Pujols (8-10 years, $250MM-$300MM) if he got into free agency.  Based on their behavior throughout the last two offseasons, it is my belief that the Cardinals knew at least two years ago that they weren't going to enter that range.  Finally, I am certain that the Cardinals could have, if they chose, made the deal for Pujols. 

Two years ago, he was coming off his third MVP award.  Any owner who knew he was approaching his walk year would've broken his/her neck getting this guy's signature on a 10-year deal.  How Albert Pujols could be worth MORE to another team than he was worth to the Cardinals simply doesn't compute for me. 

When you have a legend, a franchise player, that you intend to keep for life, you don't "negotiate" with that player.  You get your accountants together, figure out the max you can go to, and put together a deal for that max.  Then, you call the player and his agent in, and say, "Here's a contract.  This is our best possible offer.  We want you to spend the rest of your career with us.  We hope you'll sign it."  Read the quotes from guys like Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn and Mike Schmidt.  They all tell you that's what happened to them, and that's why they played for those teams for life.  

You probably know what happened with Derek Jeter last offseason, right?  He could've become a FA after the season.  The Yankees, instead, gave a clearly-in-decline Jeter $45 million for 3 more years.  There was no "negotiation".  
;The Yankees weren't about to let "The Captain" retire in anything other than pinstripes.  THAT is how you treat a player who has been the face of your franchise.
Moral of the story?  You don't haggle with the best player of your generation.  You pay him...or watch him leave.  

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:56 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

The quotes below are from Redbirds3.
Its Always, 1000% of the time about the money.

What, then, to make of Bill DeWitt? 

I have asked on here before for anyone who refuses to question how the team behaved in these negotiations to do a few simple things.

1.  Go to
2.  Look up the Cardinals' payroll each season between 2006 and 2011.
3.  Look up any news article on building Busch III at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website (
4.  Read DeWitt's justification for a new stadium.

After following those four simple steps, I don't think anyone could dispute that the Cardinals could have made a competitive offer for Pujols.  They CHOSE not to.  And they made that choice at least two years ago...which means St. Louis has been utterly duped. 

For Cardinals fans like me, I'm watching them very closely over the next year or two.  If they don't quickly move to reinvest the salary they're saving on Pujols (not to mention the $4M a year they saved on hiring Matheny), then the emperor will truly have no clothes.
He had everything he could of wanted in Saint Louis, he was Saint Louis. The only thing he didnt have was the numbers 2 5 and 4.
Well, obviously he didn't have everything.  Specifically
, he clearly didn't have the faith and confidence of his bosses.  And the one area where we really can draw a parallel between Pujols's work situation and Average Joe's is this.  If your bosses make it clear that they don't like you, or don't trust you, you will look to leave at the first decent opportunity.  This is Employee Relations 101.  The #1 cause of employee turnover is dissatisfaction with supervisors...NOT lack of compensation.

In fact, given the increased cost of living in Southern California, one could easily argue that the move wasn't really about the money at all.  Even the best scenario probably doesn't see Pujols actually pocketing much more money making $25.4M a year in Anaheim versus $21M a year in St. Louis.  But the Angels showed faith in him, and their contract offer demonstrated their commitment to him.   For a player who said he wanted his next contract to be his last, it was impossible to ignore the difference between Moreno's only offer and DeWitt's numerous offers.

Bottom line:  the Pujols camp says the Cardinals never made a 10-year guaranteed offer.  DeWitt's "response" on the same radio station that aired the Deidre Pujols interview was that Albert had a "10-year opportunity".  Note the lawyerly phrasing.  He did not dispute or denounce what Mrs. Pujols said.  Not one time.  What does that tell you?

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:08 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

2012 stats for Pujols   280 BA  28 HRS 95 RBIS..............................2

015   270 BA  18 HRS  75 RBIS

Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:14 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

OOOOH a real tough Jets fan LOL

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:16 am

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

 Its Always, 1000% of the time about the money. Not about how he felt the love, not about the city of LA vs STL, and certainly not about where GOD told him to go. If the cards would have offered him 250 mil, I promise you GOD would of told him to stay to STL. He had everything he could of wanted in Saint Louis, he was Saint Louis. The only thing he didnt have was the numbers 2 5 and 4. Dont be fooled.

Im not a bitter Cards fan either, I loved AP and still hope he does well, Im just realestic.    

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:28 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Finally, a classy response

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:27 pm
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