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Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

Posted on: February 15, 2011 7:52 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 9:45 pm
 
PujolsThe Cardinals have offered Albert Pujols an eight-year deal, as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports.

There's "still very little hope for agreement by Wednesday deadline," Heyman writes. This isn't surprising, as it appears Pujols is looking for a deal commensurate with Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $275 million pact with the Yankees.

The exact figure of the offer isn't known yet, but Heyman did confirm that the deal would be for less than $30 million annually. While it's unknown if Pujols is seeking an annual figure of $30 million, it is possible he could reach that mark in free agency.

At one point, Heyman reveals, Pujols' camp asked the Cardinals to build in partial ownership of the Cardinals. That can be done, but St. Louis opted to say no because it would have been far too complicated to pull off.

UPDATE: A source "close" to the Pujols camp told Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that reports of any offer to Pujols Tuesday was "inaccurate, reckless and outrageous." 

Inaccurate... OK, fair enough. Reckless? Outrageous? Someone's taking this a bit too personally.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

If that's how Cards fans really feel, then you people are a great reason why he should leave.  You don't deserve a player like Pujols on your team wishing him to be hurt like that.... you are a moron.... a loser.... go crawl back into the sewer you call your home idiot.
Jesus, redwings, you sure can't sense a little tongue in cheek on these boards, can you?

No one wants Pujols to be hurt. Fact of the matter is, he's always had elbow problems. Eventually they're gonna catch up with him.

However, the real purpose of my comment was to imply that, if the Cubs ultimately got Pujols, I would want it to blow up in their faces. That's it.  





Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:51 am
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

Why would he go to a team that hasn't won in over 100 years. His best option to win will be the Cards so he will stay even if takes untill next year

What in God's name are some of you people thinking? Who is talking about winning anything??  What matters to Pujols and other top players like him is MONEY,,,MONEY.... THE STATUS OF BEING THE TOP PAID BASEBALL PLAYER IN MLB HISTORY... AND MORE MONEY....

Winning in this case matters to the FANS..... if you are honestly dumb enough to think winning is even part of the decision making process in this case then I don't know what to say.  And it's not like the Cards are contenders every single year ... they have 1 championship in how long?  And that was against a cinderella Tigers team that gave the series away....

And what makes you think teams that have won plenty of championships won't go after Pujols???

Some of you guys are nuts.... lol



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:08 am
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

Why would he go to a team that hasn't won in over 100 years. His best option to win will be the Cards so he will stay even if takes untill next year



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

I think the cards should let him walk...paying 28-30mil for what appears to be 8-10 years is absurd.  I live in STL and all I hear is that the cards have to sign him and give him whatever he wants....are people just stupid?  Sure he is the best player in baseball, and the cards have had his first 10 unbelievable years relatively cheap but who actually thinks he is going to have another 10 that good or better?  He might have 3 or 4 solid years left when he gets a new contract and then some team will be stuck paying him a kings ransom for another 6 or so years.  It just seems to me that people want the cards to pay him for what he has already done and not think about the fact that he's probably gonna hit he declining years pretty early into his new deal.  This team has enough problems with bad contracts so hopefully they will wise up with this one...I would rather see the money go towards more pitching and hopefully getting ready for another blockbuster contract they will need to negotiate in a few years in Adam Wainright...he's gonna command a fortune as well. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

Puhols is who he is and he will make more money than ARod. 
But I wonder if ARod was ever worth $27.5mil per year.  Someone please shed some light...
Arod was in a similar position as Pujols, except younger and an even better situation.  If the Yanks wouldn't have paid him, the Bosox or Mets or somebody would have paid him that money in a second....

So was he worth it?  Technically nobody on this earth is worth that kind of money to play a game... but this is MLB and not real life... it's like monopoly money to these teams.... and they throw it around like it's nothing.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

Redwings- you are absolutely right.The Yankees and Red Sox would be on this like white on rice.It doesn't make any difference who is on either team now.They would either be moved to another position or moved period.Make no mistake about it.If anyone thinks they would not get involved,they are dead wrong.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

Regardless, I think Pujols will be playing his final season in St. Louis. And LaRussa and Dave Duncan will follow his lead out of town.
I agree 100 percent.  I think he's all done in St Louis after one more season.   If the report is true and the Cards offered him 8 years and less than 30 million per season, then I'm guessing the total value of the deal is no more then anywhere from 200 to 225 million dollars.

Pujols can wait. He'll get more then that from somebody else next year.   No way he gets less than 200 million when he becomes an UFA so why should he sign a deal for that much today?

The only risk Pujols takes is if suddenly he ended up getting seriously hurt or sick this season coming up.  The odds of that happening are very slim and even if that happens, he's set for life financially anyway.  The guy with endorsements has easily hit 150 million dollars in his career.

This is and isn't about money anyway... he doesn't technically need it, he could easily survive on what he's made the rest of his life.    With any brains at all, his kids and grandkids will never work a day in their lives.  This is about principle.... others like ARod have crushed what he's made and aren't as good as he is...

He deserves the status of being called the highest paid ballplayer in history... and he's probably gonna get it somewhere soon enough.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

haha  if he goes to free agency the sox and yankees will have no need for him unless arod wants to dh and teixera or pujols wants to go to 3b or unless youkilis wants to go to the OF and gonzo or pujols wants to move to 3b.  since those two teams wont be getting him, i cant see any other team having money left over after sigining him to a monster 300 mil contract

Haha you are a moron.  The Yankees and Bosox will create the biggest bidding war you've ever seen in your life.   The other players you're talking about will do as they are told.  You think the Steinbrenner boys are going to let Tex or Arod dictate to them how they are going to run their team?  Doubt it man.... this isn't George running the team anymore.. it's all business now.  They will tell Arod what to do and he will do as he's told, end of story.  They will tell Tex what to do and Tex will say yes sir. 

As for the Bosox, they would dump his ass to the highest bidder in 5 seconds if they could sign Pujols.  Gonzo will go to 3rd or wherever else he's told to go...

Pujols is much better then every player you named above.....  and what do you mean about having money "left over"??? What does that mean?? There is no salary cap in baseball man..... at most teams pay a luxury tax for going over, there is no hard cap... this isn't hockey.... teams can run up their payroll as much as they want to run it up.....




Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

You all are forgetting another big market team that could end up signing Pujols: The Los Angeles Angels. This team tried to get Carl Crawford and was left holding a load of money.

Pujols would help the Angels compete in the LA market against the Dodgers and Pujols could allow Kendry Morales move to DH. The Angels still have its money and have a huge revenue stream in a huge market.

The New York teams, Cubs, and maybe even the Giants will make a run for Pujols, but look for the Angels to get in the Pujols sweepstakes next winter and make a surprise catch to get him. The Angels are a dark horse team that could land him.

Regardless, I think Pujols will be playing his final season in St. Louis. And LaRussa and Dave Duncan will follow his lead out of town.



Since: Jul 20, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Cardinals make eight-year offer to Pujols

Puhols is who he is and he will make more money than ARod.  But I wonder if ARod was ever worth $27.5mil per year.  Someone please shed some light...


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