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DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:15 pm
 
DALLAS -- With the agent for Albert Pujols in town and expected to meet with both the Cardinals and Marlins today, St. Louis owner Bill DeWitt says he remains "hopeful" of re-signing Pujols and expects the situation will become far more clear by the time these meetings end Thursday.

"We're making every effort," to sign the slugger, DeWitt said Monday morning. "Obviously, we're having continuing discussions. We have a good dialog going.

"We're hopeful."

DeWitt said the Cardinals have not set a deadline and indicated that they wouldn't. However, he also acknowledged the need to build their 2012 roster and move forward without waiting so long it hampers them.

"Obviously, the sooner the better for us," DeWitt said. "We're not putting a timetable on it."

With both Lance Berkman and Allen Craig returning, the Cardinals at least have some options if Pujols leaves. And multiple sources reiterated Monday that the Marlins will continue their full-court press this winter in Pujols' direction. Having already signed closer Heath Bell (that announcement is scheduled for 3:30 EDT today) and agreed to terms with Bell, the Marlins will remain aggressive

But while Berkman could shift to first base and Craig could take his outfield spot, that remains St. Louis' Plan B.

"You don't replace an Albert Pujols," DeWitt said. "Sure we have depth. But we're a far better club with Albert than without him."

The Cardinals owner would not get into specifics about what the club has offered Pujols, or even if an offer is on the table. Sources with knowledge of the talks say St. Louis has not presented an offer since the one that was on the table just before spring training that Pujols rejected.

DeWitt also would not get into specifics regarding whether the offer Pujols rejected last spring was still in play, or whether that is off the table with a new one to be presented.

"We wish we'd signed him two years ago," DeWitt said. "Or last year. But we understand the process on a player of his caliber once he reaches free agency."

The Cardinals indicated last spring that they were happy to allow Pujols delve into free agency this winter and allow the market to develop. With just the Marlins as competitors now, and with the Cubs on the periphery, they're still on that high wire.

The longer this drags out, however, there also is growing speculation regarding not only how seriously the Cardinals want him back, but how badly he wants to come back.

"I think Albert wants to be a Cardinal," DeWitt said. "I'm sure he loves the experiences he's had there. These things aren't easy when you're talking about a player of this magnitude, to reach an agreement."

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:13 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

How many more MILLIONS does he need??  

Probably doesn't NEED many more... but he WANTS as much as he can get.  And like I said it's not just about Pujols, it's about his union, agents and the business end of the baseball world.  The more Pujols makes the more everybody else makes in the long run, it's that simple.  And a big contract like that coming from anywhere but New York is even more important because it's real and others that put up big numbers can ask for a lot more and teams can't make excuses.. they have to pay.  Everybody wins... well, not the fans, but everybody else wins.  The fans won't stop going to or watching games...

Is there no pride anywhere ?? 

Of course there is pride involved.  His pride tells him Arod who isn't as good as he is has made a lot more money then he has....


 Greed-greed-greed----let him satisfy his piggish hunger elsewhere--good riddance

I find how naive people on these boards are very cute at times but the sports world doesn't work like you want it to.  There is an unwritten but very clear rule in sports that says players that put up numbers like Pujols are obligated to get every penny they can to help their union, the rest of the membership and of course agents negotiating these deals.  Twins fans swore Joe Mauer would take a "home team discount"......  do a little research and see what he needed to sign long term with the Twins.  And Mauer from everything I read is about as normal a person off the field as anybody on these boards that lives a very normal life.... but he had obligations..... and now the Twins will suffer for a decade because of him. 

 



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:21 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

If the Yankees really wanted Pujols they WOULD get him.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:50 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

It's ALL a joke, really. ANY player that has earned a single year's salary exceeding $10 million, should NEVER have a problem playing WHEREVER he wanted, regardless of the money. They say they want to win...but, it's almost ALWAYS about the money....like the difference in a $100 million and a $200 million contract would make a difference in the quality of their life ? Give me a break.

From a purely economic standpoint, how many teams could honestly say that paying a player a $200 million contract would increase their income by at least that much over the course of the contract ? Will St. Louis fans stay away $200 Million dollars worth if Pujols signs elsewhere ?  I doubt it. $200 million would buy quite a bit of compensation if Pujols does go elsewhere for that figure...they could easily buy a couple of front line players, and still have enough left over to pay for every #1 draft pick for the next 2-3 decades.

The Marlins, with their historically low attendance might easily exceed Jose Reyes and Heath Bell's contract in increased attendence. Pujols ? Possibly. The Marlins ARE wise in one regard- they don't sign no-trade clauses...so If the Marlins build it, but fans don't come, they'll trade off their expensive but unappreciated stars. No business can prioritize winning over making a profit, for long.    



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:26 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

The Cards should look at the whole picture and be willing to overpay a bit on the back end of Pujols' career.  They should remember this:

He was the best player of the last decade -- three MVPs, nine All-Star Games, two Gold Gloves, two World Series championships.  He had one of the best first 11 years in the history of baseball.  Not once did he complain about or demand to renegotiate his contract, even though he has never had a top-15 salary and only once had a top 25 salary -- in 2006, when he ranked 17th.

Even if the Cards overpay a bit on the back end, the difference will pale in comparison to the under-market salary Pujols received without complaint for his entire career.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:04 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

I personally hope that Pujols stays in St. Louis. I doubt if he goes to Miami due to them not giving no trade contracts. At this stage of his career he is looking for stability. Pujols is worth what he is asking due to the fact that he will make everyone better around him. He is one of the few guys in sports that makes everyone else better. Put him in the middle of the lineup and other players will be pitched to differently as teams will not want Pujols to beat them. I am surprised the Marlins are not making a bigger effort to go after more pitching. Their starting staff is not playoff caliber. They could possible get 2 starting pitchers for what Pujols is asking plus I believe Sanchez will be a star at 1B.
I would rather Pujols sign with the Marlins for an few reasons, but I have a feeling that Pujols will return to St. Louis. He know that St. Louis still has a good team and could make another run at a championship, for Miami they are still long way to go to be a playoff team.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:55 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

So, let me get this straight.. some of you guys want to pay a 31 year old player 30 million a season for the next 10 years until he is 41? What happens when his knees or back go? This isn't the AL, you can't just plug him in at DH! You will be paying a guy 30 mill to either sit on the bench or be on the DL.
I don't have a problem with the 10 year deal for he been a very good player for his career, but 30 million a year is a high price tag. 30% of the teams payroll will go to one player




Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:54 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

I personally hope that Pujols stays in St. Louis. I doubt if he goes to Miami due to them not giving no trade contracts. At this stage of his career he is looking for stability. Pujols is worth what he is asking due to the fact that he will make everyone better around him. He is one of the few guys in sports that makes everyone else better. Put him in the middle of the lineup and other players will be pitched to differently as teams will not want Pujols to beat them. I am surprised the Marlins are not making a bigger effort to go after more pitching. Their starting staff is not playoff caliber. They could possible get 2 starting pitchers for what Pujols is asking plus I believe Sanchez will be a star at 1B.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:49 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

The problem with him re-signing long term with St. Louis is, they are a year or two away from rebuild mode. Loshe is almost done, Carpenter is on his last year or two,Westbrook will be around for one or two years,Berkman is back for a year, two max. Your basically going to be left with next to nothing to build a contender with. 

They still haven't upped there initial offer, and other teams have now stepped in to offer more money, and better situations going forward to win.  

Honestly, if someone were to offer you more money, would you turn it down? I highly doubt it.  



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:23 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

It's called the "Lebron Effect".  Face it, its the new wave of sports these days.  All these years owners and GM can do as they please with any player at any given time as far as trading them away with no advance notice and they don't get condemned.  Now a player decided to look out for what's best for his family and future by signing somewhere else, he's considered a scumbag.  You all are too hypocritical about this.  Albert is taking his talents to South Beach and there's no outside of his family and peers who should have anything to say about him nor critize.



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:01 pm
 

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

How many more MILLIONS does he need??  Is there no pride anywhere ??  He could be the greatest Cardinal ever ( or at least close to Musial)--stay with them--make more money than ten of we mortals can make in a lifetime--- be a hero to St. Louis---  but no---  give me more-more-more---  even if it hurts the team overall due to using up their payroll. Greed-greed-greed----let him satisfy his piggish hunger elsewhere--good riddance


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