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Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

Posted on: February 13, 2011 8:22 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 8:46 pm
 
Albert Pujols Albert Pujols has turned down the Cardinals' offer and will not entertain another before his self-imposed deadline, USA Today 's Bob Nightengale reports .

Citing a source, the newspaper says Pujols will announce Tuesday that he will not talk about his contract until after the season, "unless a dramatic change is made."

Pujols, 31, is reportedly seeking a 10-year deal, while reports have surfaced that the Cardinals are not comfortable giving him more than seven seasons.

He is in the final season of his eight-year, $111 million contract.

Does this deadline passing matter? Well, according to some St. Louis fans, it does. As Nightengale points out, "#Albertgeddon" is already a popular hashtag on Twitter for Cardinal fans (or at least, it's entered the lexicon). However, Pujols will play for St. Louis this season and has already said he'd veto any trade attempt during the season, so Albertgeddon isn't anytime soon. Add to that, the opinion held by most that the Cardinals will still be the favorite to sign him, if he does make it to free agency, Albertgeddon may never happen. Of course, next year is 2012...

The biggest loser in this may be Prince Fielder, who is also a free agent after this season. If Pujols is available, Fielder will be nobody's first choice among available first basemen -- and no team that can afford Fielder is going to make him an offer until Pujols is off the market.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 9:50 am
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

THe RedSox would not put in a bid for Albert.  Gonzalez is going to take a boatload of money and the Redsox do not give out ten year contracts.  Theo Epstein just won't do it.  Not saying I agree or disagree but he won't do it.  Getting a 5 year contract is like getting water out of a rock from the Red Sox.  Just a philosophy I don't think they will change.  Will they investigate?  Sure...Will they put in an offer to raise the price ala Mariano Rivera...absolutely...they have to for the gamesmanship but all in all the Redsox do not give contracts 5 years or over once you hit 30.  See Ortiz, Varitek, Pedro, Damon etc...



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:15 am
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

no one has mentioned the braves yet. All they have is freedie freeman, and with a decent payroll I think they'll sign one of two
(fielder or pujols) if they both become free agents.

The Braves will never outbid the Yanks or Redsox if and when either of those teams goes after Pujols....  And Pujols will go to the highest bidder... guaranteed.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:14 am
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

Mindful that the Yankees and Boston have top notch 1b positions filled

Believe me. If Pujols becomes available, the Yanks and Redsox will put an offer in and yes, they'll find room for him.

As for those teams having top notch talent at that position, maybe they do.  But Boston has nobody worthy of wiping Pujols bum hole..... sorry.   Tex?  Great player.  But put Pujols in the middle of that lineup for a few years and there isn't a Yankee season record that's safe.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

The big thing to remember here is ticket sales, Jersey sales, Posters, memorabilia.  What about when he starts breaking records?  The "record breaking t shirt" sales etc...The Cardinals are going to market him to death.  They will make the 300 mil back with ease!  The agents know this, Albert knows this etc...How about this give him a ten year deal for 150 million but let him keep the revenue from the stuff sold with his name and number on it...Guarantee they nix that one.  In 2005 MLB teams in general made 3.1 Billion in merchadise sales.   On average with 32 teams that is 96 million per team.  THink of a cup of beer... there are 200 cups in a standard keg of bud that roughly cost 95 bucks...THey make 1305 dollars per keg!  I don't care what the management says.  They have the money and he is going to bring in far more than 300 million over 10 years.  The player knows his value and worth and is asking to be paid according to what he brings into the club.  I have no problem with that.  As much as I hate the Yankees they spend and do what is neccessary to win.  There were year when George would break about even as long as they won.  That is the type of owner you want for your club.  I think George lived a nice luxurious life...don't you...PAY HIM!  He is a once in a lifetime talent.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

Albert I feel your angst.  However holding a gun to the Cardinals head for 10 years and 300mil is out of the question at 31 years old. This deal was doable  when you were 26 or 27.  Your best option wait out the Cards and see who comes calling.  Only 4 places that will pony up that kind of cash and the Yanks and Boston already have the 1B slot filled.  AGon could be moved but sooo many great things are expected out of him this year and he will be cheaper to sign.  That leaves the Mets and Anahiem.  I suggest if you like St. Louis so much take the 5/150.  You have been the best player the last 5years but there are no guarantees what you will be in 5 more years and 10 years is just way too long these days.  Call up Derek Jeter see what advice he can give.  And be mindful there may be no real market for you at 36 or 37 years old than your old faithful Cards!



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

Well here we go!  Although Pujols has been the best player in the majors the last 5 years he and his agent are about 5 years late asking for 10 years and 300 mil.  10 more years makes him 41 and I have yet to see a ballplayer worth 30 mil at the ripe age of 41.  The time to ask for this contract would have been when he was 26 or 27.  The train has left the station on that deal.  Be happy with 5 years and 150 mil or just wait to the end of the season and sign with whoever you want which is about 4 teams that will pony up...Anahiem, Boston, both the NY's.  Mindful that the Yankees and Boston have top notch 1b positions filled.  AGon could be moved elsewhere but sooo many great things are expected from him this year and he will be way cheaper to sign.  That pretty much leaves Anahiem.  Good luck Albert and good luck St. Louis.  Remember it takes more than I guy to get you to the promised land but 25 and a front office.



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

"So he wants to play for 10 years..... WITH STABILITY IN THE SAME PLACE FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY"........
I understand the same place, but stability? Was the first $111,000,000 not enough stability? Is $200,000,000 MORE not enough stability? No, I guess not. I guess its $300,000,000 to make things stable living conditions for someone these days. Must be rough



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

Well here we go!  Although Pujols has been the best player in the majors the last 5 years he and his agent are about 5 years late asking for 10 years and 300 mil.  10 more years makes him 41 and I have yet to see a ballplayer worth 30 mil at the ripe age of 41.  The time to ask for this contract would have been when he was 26 or 27.  The train has left the station on that deal.  Be happy with 5 years and 150 mil or just wait to the end of the season and sign with whoever you want which is about 4 teams that will pony up...Anahiem, Boston, both the NY's.  Mindful that the Yankees and Boston have top notch 1b positions filled.  AGon could be moved elsewhere but sooo many great things are expected from him this year and he will be way cheaper to sign.  That pretty much leaves Anahiem.  Good luck Albert and good luck St. Louis.  Remember it takes more than I guy to get you to the promised land but 25 and a front office.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

Well here we go!  Although Pujols has been the best player in the majors the last 5 years he and his agent are about 5 years late asking for 10 years and 300 mil.  10 more years makes him 41 and I have yet to see a ballplayer worth 30 mil at the ripe age of 41.  The time to ask for this contract would have been when he was 26 or 27.  The train has left the station on that deal.  Be happy with 5 years and 150 mil or just wait to the end of the season and sign with whoever you want which is about 4 teams that will pony up...Anahiem, Boston, both the NY's.  Mindful that the Yankees and Boston have top notch 1b positions filled.  AGon could be moved elsewhere but sooo many great things are expected from him this year and he will be way cheaper to sign.  That pretty much leaves Anahiem.  Good luck Albert and good luck St. Louis.  Remember it takes more than I guy to get you to the promised land but 25 and a front office.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Report: Pujols rejects Cardinals' offer

Hilarious - a scrub! How well some people know their baseball over the last 5 eyars or so.


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