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Cardinals could trim contract offer to Pujols

Posted on: September 25, 2011 5:11 pm

By Evan Brunell

On Sunday, Albert Pujols saw the Cardinals win and push the wild card deficit separating St. Louis and the Braves to one game.

Sunday also may have been the final home game of Pujols' career as a Cardinal. If reports about the Cardinals' stance in contract extensions is true, it certainly will be Pujols' last home game as a Cardinal. Pujols has a good chance to break the $200-million barrier in his next contract, something St. Louis may not be able to pay.

"It's the era we're in,'' Cardinals chairman Bill Dewitt, Jr. told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Many times they sign back with the same club. With a legendary player like Albert, you hope he stays his whole career with the Cardinals, like Stan [Musial] did. But that process is going to take place and we're not sure how it's going to play out. I'm sure he's not sure either at this point.''

The Cardinals only have so many funds they can allocate to Pujols, and that was reflected this past offseason when the team offered Pujols a nine-year deal around $22 million annually, which comes out to a total price of $198 million. Pujols and his agent believed that both sides were far apart and you can't blame Pujols for thinking that when Alex Rodriguez is pulling in over $30 million annually. Seven other players currently make more than $22 million annually, and Adrian Gonzalez comes in exactly at $22 million. Gonzalez is a very good player, but Pujols certainly is worth more than A-Gon.

The Post-Dispatch reports that the club will probably stay within these previous parameters for upcoming negotiations -- if not shorten the years, which likely came about after Pujols started the season slow. It's unclear whether the Cards believe Pujols' value on the free agent market is overhyped or the team is unable to financially justify a bigger offer for Pujols. It's unlikely that Pujols' market is overhyped significantly, especially when a signing of Pujols would give a club additional national and local interest, boosting attendance. His contract will look saner than numbers that have been tossed around in certain corners, but slipping all the way to a $22 million average annual value seems a stretch, even as he's on pace to post the worst season of his career, although that's very relative as evidenced by his .302/.371/.551 line with 37 home runs.

If St. Louis can't go much beyond $22 million and are already entertaining trimming the years in their offseason offer, then Pujols is a goner. The guess here is that this is all posturing, and once the market establishes Pujols' value, the Cardinals will be right there with a serious offer.
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Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:48 pm

Cardinals could trim contract offer to Pujols

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Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:46 pm

Cardinals could trim contract offer to Pujols

I would only hope Albert stays a Cardinal. Could he get more money elsewhere? Sure. Does he need it? Hardly. Is he disrespected because he doesn't make the highest salary in the league? Don't even bother asking that. Albert Pujols has a chance to establish a legacy in St. Louis that will live as long as Babe Ruth. He's a once-in-a-century type of player.

I suspect players like Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and others in the Cardinals illustrious past will provide him insight on the value of staying in St. Louis. A value that goes far beyond the number of digits in his back account.

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:36 pm

Cardinals could trim contract offer to Pujols

and the cardnials will sign that fat as... PrinceMoney mouth

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:13 pm

Cardinals could trim contract offer to Pujols

As a diehard Cardinal fan, here's my theory, which I hate:

Pujois will go, not because of salary, or because of displeasure with the Cardinals.  He and his wife, while the kids are still fairly young, will move to a more moderate climate, more like the climates where they were raised.  I believe the pressure of being a community "icon" is enormous, and that the Pujois family will seek a new community, where they can still be good people, but where they can also start fresh, turn more inward, enjoy the warmth, and just enjoy themselves. 

But where?  This is the only thing that works against him.  The Florida teams have no energy, and Texas is too humid.   That leaves the West.  Arizona has Goldschmidt, and the Angels have excellent first basemen also.   San Diego is, well, San Diego, and Oakland is Oakland.    I would say the Dodgers for sure if they weren't in limbo, but the Giants look very solid - Pujois plus that pitching!!    So I say Giants, with Dodgers as darkhorse.   I hope I am wrong. 

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:21 pm

Cardinals could trim contract offer to Pujols

Geez Evan, you make A-Gon sound like chopped liver.  He is one of the top ten hitters in baseball and two years younger.  He is probably a little better defensively than Albert also.  That good defense will also last a little longer going forward due to the age difference.  These long deals are going to be disasterous for any team that can't absorb them ie the Yankees and Red Sox.  The first half of the deal will be worth it, and the second half will see declining skills and missed time.  See A-Rod or Soriano for examples.  If the Cardinals (and Brewers with Fielder) play this negoitiation smart and don't bid against themselves, they should be able to cut down the time and overall dollars a bit.  Remember, the Yankees and Red Sox can't be serious bidders with Tex and A-Gon locked up long term, unless somebody wants to DH. 

Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:14 pm

Cardinals could trim contract offer to Pujols

Nats sign him for 10 year / 285 million total, eat LaRoach's 8 million, Nats win NL wild card next year!!!!

And the fans in DC freak out!!!

....and I'm not even smoking anything. You watch and see.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:13 pm

Cardinals could trim contract offer to Pujols

He has been underpaid for 11 years.  He is not even the highest paid player on the team let alone in the game which is what he has stated he wants.  The Cardinals old offer didn't even make him among the highest paid first basemen.  If this goes the way the article describes he is gone because some team will pay him most of what he wants and the Cardinals are not even "in the same ballpark."

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:01 pm

Cardinals could trim contract offer to Pujols

Incorrect.  If Pujols leaves, the Cardinals can expect a 4,000-5,000 attendance drop per game, averaging 33,000 instead of 38,000.  That comes to about 400,000 per season.  Factor that in with no more sales of Pujols memorabilia and he is likely responsible for about $18-20 million of income per year.  As he approaches milestones in his career, the memorabilia and ticket sales will continue to grow.  The Cardinals can afford to pay him.

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