Blog Entry

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:17 pm
  •  
 
Pujols

By Evan Brunell


The St. Louis Cardinals don't intend to up their spring-training offer to Albert Pujols anytime soon, SI.com's Jon Heyman reports.

In spring training, the Cardinals made an offer in which Pujols would have re-upped for about nine years and $210 million. Pujols rejected the offer and closed negotiations, and there was speculation that Pujols was not particularly happy with the organization. But this isn't really a surprise. That offer is still extremely competitive, with a $23.3 million annual salary that stretches across nine years. That's a very long investment for a baseball player.

Right now, only the Marlins are thought to be the other team with an offer out to Pujols. While it may well be competitive, that's not known just yet. Either way, whatever Miami submits likely will not be significantly more than St. Louis' offer. Until there are more details, more teams enter the fray and talks advance a bit deeper, there is no rush for the Cardinals to up their deal. When it comes time, though, it's difficult to imagine St. Louis not increasing their offer.

The Cardinals also made other news Saturday when GM John Mozeliak said he has Daniel Descalso projected to be the starting second baseman next season, as he tells Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

If so, this means that Skip Schumaker's time with St. Louis may be drawing to a close. Schumaker is not a particularly good defender at second base, having come up through the organization as an outfielder, debuting in 2005 and then making the switch for 2009. However, his offense has tailed off dramatically the last two seasons, and with a rising salary, Schumaker is expendable. The 25-year-old Descalso got a ton of playing time this past season, eating up a lot of time at third base when David Freese was injured.

Descalso hit .264/.334/.353, which is as good as Schumaker did and comes with a better glove and cheaper salary. Really, it's a no-brainer to non-tender Schumaker no matter what and go with Descalso if you don't find an upgrade in free agency or the trade market. Mozeliak also said he would be comfortable with Tyler Greene at shortstop, assuming they don't address their shortstop hole via other avenues. Greene is best used as a backup, and it's tough to see the Cardinals leaving short alone. But Descalso gives Mozeliak the ability to worry about other positions, knowing he will be a capable second baseman if they need him come Opening Day.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeonBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

  •  
Comments

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:29 am
 

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

Ok we have a Manager now. I liked Matheny as a Player and I am sure I will like him as a Manager. Now let's get this thing done with Albert. Sign him and that is that or dont sign him and the 200 million saved go out and upgrade our Team. Enough talk ! Lets get another World Series. I wouldn't mine Rollins and Buehrle on the Cardinals Starting day line up if Albert wants more money. We would have a great Lineup with Hitters and Pitchers




Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:25 am
 

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

Sounds like someone is a still a little sore over the NLDS.  Typical Philly fan. 



Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:25 am
 

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

I had to chuckle after reading your post and then looking over and seeing the screaming eagle over there next to your name.  Still a little chafed over that first round bounce?

The Cards will definately be competative and won't even need the Phillies to get them into the playoffs next year.  I doesn't really matter who the manager is next year, they will dominate the Central division.

Asfar as Pujols, I'm glad the organization is standing pat on their original offer.  I know Pujols wants an A-Rod contraxct but he isn't going to get it, especially since Scott Boras isn't his agent.  $23.3 million a year will ensure his grandkids are set for life and a 9 year deal gives Albert more job security than almost any other profressional athlete.  I'm looking forward to Albert back with the birds on the bat on his uni next year.  And when my kids have kids I'll get to tell them about a few of the home runs I saw the new home run king hit.



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:41 am
 

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

FIRST OFF=I DON'T SEE THE CARDINALS GETTING LUCKY AGAIN AND EVEN SNIFFING A WORLD SERIES FOR A LONG TIME. SECOND, IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH MONEY FOR ALBERT=SCREW HIM=23.3/YR. JOKE, AND HE'S NOT HAPPY WITH THE ORGAINZATION-YOUR KIDDING PUJOS.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:30 am
 

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

Ok we have a Manager now. I liked Matheny as a Player and I am sure I will like him as a Manager. Now let's get this thing done with Albert. Sign him and that is that or dont sign him and the 200 million saved go out and upgrade our Team. Enough talk ! Lets get another World Series.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:55 am
 

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

If Pujols won't take the $210 Million then he is either greedy, is calling shenanigans on the Cardinals, or wants to check out the scenery elsewhere. Maybe the grass is greener on the other side. Who know. All I know is that if you can;t deal with that kind of money go hang with A-Rod. You both then could laugh your rich a$$es off.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

Yeah a man totally IGNORING kids being RAPED is BS

On Paterno I guess everybody forgets the words allegedly

when you get technical about it same thing can be said about Sanducky

there has been no trial only an indictment

 





Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

I wish He would hurry up and sign with someone because I am sick of this soap opera and all the drama that is going along with it.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 5:08 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Cardinals won't up offer to Pujols

Schmolik
Your pretty much a huge idiot to think NL 1B men are just DH. 1st Base has a lot of responsiblities than just standing there catching the ball. They have to play up on bunts then make accurate tosses to the pitcher or 2nd baseman making the cover, hold runners on and then react if the ball is hit their way. Have you ever played 1B? Being at the corner infield positions is tough with some of the hardest hit balls in baseball. Scooping the ball outta the dirt takes a lot of practice as well to save errors from bad throws. Reacting to those hard hit balls to make a diving stop down the line to save a double or maybe a triple depending the speed of the runner and if it goes in the corner or not. Your probably just a fat phillies fan that has never played baseball in your life to make such an idiotic statement. I would expect you to say something like that though watching Howard play, the man is one dimensional hit the ball for a homerun or strike out and that is it. Pujols is far more rounded and better than Howard. Defense is huge at 1st base, and I have a ton of respect for Pujols there. The man has made some amazing game saving stops there and he is a gold glover to show for it, and I am a cubs fan giving him this respect. You clearly do not know much about playing the game to say something so stupid so do everybody a favor that has played before or currently does and understands the game and be quiet. With your logic the AL teams pretty much have two DH's then, and guys like Teixara, A Gon can only hit. Carlos Pena doesn't hit well but his D was excellent and saved a ton more errors than what could have happened. Tell me this would you rather have Pujols a well rounded player at 1st making the critical stop down the line to save a game winning run like he has doen before, or Howard who has never won a gold glove and never will, but can hit 33 hr. with 172 strikeouts and a .252 avg. what a joke.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com