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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 3:00 pm
 

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

If Dewitt wants to sign Pujols then sign him and pay the man. The cardinals have had a home town discount for years and Pujols haven't been paid the salary that he deserves as one of the top 3 players in major league baseball for a long time. So now its time to pay the man and come off of some of that  and make the deal happen. You lose Pujols and our team is done but I don't think Pujols is worth $300 Million. $225 million will be more than enough to let the man retire as one of the greatest players in cardinals histroy. Lets go redbirds and get this guy inked in and win another championship next season.

Good post.  The only problem is over a year ago the Cards supposedly offered Pujols between 200 and 220 million which was something like 22 million per season for 9 or 10 years and he turned it down.  I think you hit the nail right on the head when you said the Cards have been getting a discount for a long time.  That's how MLB is set up... it takes 4 to 6 years mosts of the time before a player is even capable of making huge dollars and in Pujols case its taken even longer.   I don't think Pujols accepts 225 million.....

This is going to cost the Cards big money and as the years go on the contract will look like a crazy one.  But that being said, I doubt the compensatory picks the Cards get from whoever signs him will amount to anything close to a player as good as he is.... so what do you do?  Do you overpay and keep your franchise player or do you let him go just to make a statement?  

The Cards had more option a year or two ago before Pujols became a 10-5 player.  They could have traded him back then and seen a huge return of players and prospects.  By waiting this long they screwed themselves in a big way..... nobody knows what will happen, all I know is I don't see a "home team discount" being agreed to by Pujols or his posse.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:22 pm
 

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

I have no other interest in the Cardinals other than that St. Louis impresses me tremendously as being the most passionate baseball city in America*.  Pujols is going to rank with one of the very best players of all time.  In this era with FA it is rare to see a HoF player play his entire career with one club**.  It would be more than refreshing to see Pujols retire and enter the HoF with no question about what cap he will wear for eternity in Cooperstown.  It is even better when the single-club in question is the Cards.  It would honor what was once known as America's pastime.

Sign Pujols and get this over with!  He has demonstrated that he is much more than just a big bat; he is effectively a player-coach.  Yes, it will take a ton of money, but if any player has earned the right to bank an exorbitant contract, it's Pujols.

(* NYC is a great baseball town and so is Boston, but they have, perhaps, too many distractions and neither can be called the most passionate baseball city.)

(** I acknowledge Cal Ripken and the O's along with Bernie Williams and - hopefully - Derek Jeter with the NYY.  But Pujols may become the replacement for my very favorite player of all time, Stan "the Man" Musial.)



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:12 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. 



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:08 pm
 

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

Sorry man, like the post.  Meant to hit 5 stars.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:06 pm
 

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

If Dewitt wants to sign Pujols then sign him and pay the man. The cardinals have had a home town discount for years and Pujols haven't been paid the salary that he deserves as one of the top 3 players in major league baseball for a long time. So now its time to pay the man and come off of some of that money and make the deal happen. You lose Pujols and our team is done but I don't think Pujols is worth $300 Million. $225 million will be more than enough to let the man retire as one of the greatest players in cardinals histroy. Lets go redbirds and get this guy inked in and win another championship next season.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:58 pm
 

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

"I think Albert wants to be a Cardinal" -- Bill DeWitt

I have to agree with DeWitt.  Albert Pujols, from all indications, seems like the very guy who would want to stay with the only team he's ever known and play for the fans who have truly embraced him.  He also strikes me as a guy who can say "It's not about the money" with a straight face.  No, the Cards probably can't offer as much as some other teams, but a home-team discount could be in order.  Regardless of where he signs, Pujols is going to  than some small countries.  He also doesn't carry himself like a guy who finds his self-worth in the size of his contract.  

It remains to be seen, and players have surprised me before.  But if there was a chance to do the right thing, maybe Albert Pujols will be that guy.

With all due respect I have to completely disagree with your post.   There is no such thing as a home team discount for players like Pujols.  Superstars like that guy set the bar for everybody else so his agents and his union wouldn't appreciate a "home team discount" that hurts the rest of the players now and others coming up.   Twins fans thought Mauer was going to take a discount to stay in Minnesota but they were sadly mistaken.  What Mauer did is take a record contract for a catcher that is killing the Twins right now. Mauer said all along money means nothing bla bla bla and from what I hear to him it really doesn't mean much.  But it means a lot to many others.... so he demanded a ridiculous deal and got it from the Twins or he was long gone. 

I think the Cards will either be the highest bidder or no chance he stays in St Louis.  If not the highest then pennies off, but no chance he turns down a lot more money to stay in St Louis.   I think Pujols and his agents already sent that message to the Cards when they turned down a 200 million dollar 9 year contract over a year ago.  He countered with supposedly something like 30 per season for 10 years.  Does that sound like a guy willing to take less ?

No way. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:44 pm
 

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

Sentimental signings are not a good thing!!!!



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:44 pm
 

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

The Cardinals need to realize the guy is not worth 24-30 million per season over what 9 or 10 years. That is a foolish contract. That money could be used to add other pieces to the team. I mean, people don't even know what his real age is. For all we know he is 35 years old. By signing him for that amount of money it is going to hurt them in the future when Carpenter, Berkman are gone and they need to sign guys to fill those spots. 



Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:17 pm
 

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

The problem is the union and agents!  They will not allow him to sign for less because it devalues everyone else's contracts.  Yes it would be the right thing for him to do and I wish he would step up and say this is where I want to stay.  He would go down in history, not only for his on field performance but the way he conducted him self off the field as well!!



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:09 pm
 

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

Were running out of time. We will need to sign quality Free Agents to upgrade our Team if Pujols wants more money.They should make him Final offer already and move on this....We could use a upgrade at 2B and a another Quality Starter. Berkman and Craig will be fine if Pujols wants more money. But just get it done before its too late


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