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Picturing Pujols in Pinstripes

Jan 4, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

It’s a nauseating prospect for just about anyone who isn’t a Yankees fan, but Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune played the speculation game yesterday regarding Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Adrian Gonzalez and other monster stars who could become available in the next couple of years:

Pujols is talking a good game with the Cardinals. But can he really ignore the 10-year, $27.5 million-per-year deal that Alex Rodriguez got from the Yankees two years ago, when he was older than Pujols will be when his contract ends after the 2011 season? . . . The Yankees are keeping the DH spot clear, for the time being, as a
potential way to accommodate Pujols, Fielder or even Gonzalez playing alongside Mark Teixeira. They have advanced catching prospects (Jesus Montero and Austin Romine) to offer if the Twins reach a choking point with Mauer, which Mauer will dictate more than the club.

I’ve been known to subscribe to the occasional conspiracy theory so take this with a grain of salt, but I think it far more likely that Major League Baseball would cut a secret deal with the Cardinals and/or the Twins to subsidize contract extensions for Pujols and Mauer out of some slush fund than it would be to see the Yankees land one or both of them in free agency.

  1. Peter Spencer - Jan 4, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Actually, what is nauseating are all these moronic blog “reports.” Stupid people with Internet access are dangerous.
    First and foremost, the Yankees just signed a great first baseman to an 8 year, $180 million contract. Where in the world would they put Pujols or Gonzalez? You think they’re gonna pay them $25-$30 million per year to be a DH – or these Gold Glover first baseman would want to split time with another Gold-Glover first baseman?
    As for Mauer, the Twins ownership has the money to lock him up, so I don’t see him hitting the market at all. Even if he does, the Yanks may take a pass, since they are loaded with catching prospects (including Jesus Montero, a top three prospect in all of baseball).
    As for the “slush fund” theory, well, that absurd statement not even warrant any response. The league already has a slush fund – it’s called revenue sharing. And that’s what owners use to line their pockets rather than fund their payrolls.
    Funny, too, how no one seems worried that the Red Sox are after Gonzalez and are drooling over Mauer’s impending free agency.

  2. GBSimons - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Craig, as a Cardinals fan, that’s the worst headline you’ve ever written. A pox on your house for even conjuring up such a thought.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Memo to Phil Rogers: The Yanks are not keeping the DH spot clear for Pujols or any other 1B-type, no matter how good they are. They are keeping it clear so they can periodically spell the aging ARod, Jeter, Posada while keeping their bats in the lineup.
    As for the headline, GBSimons: Yanks + Pujols = big pageviews.

  4. ralf - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    The internet was invented so that decent people could stop getting baseball news and analysis from Phil Rogers. He is simply horrible, and should not be taken seriously by anyone.

  5. GBSimons - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Oh, I understand, Jason. Craig has to earn his paycheck, and that headline will do it. And as a Yankees fan, I imagine Pujols in pinstripes would look fantastic to you. I’d just hate to see him go.
    Craig, can’t you just rile up Red Sox Nation and Yankees Universe and not make me so melancholy?

  6. Rob - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    A Chicago writer talking about pujols not playing for the cards. Sounds like he’s just trying to send some hope to poor cubs fans after a brutal offseason. Why not use the big bad yanks to scare cardinal fans and thereby make chicago dwellers feel a little better.

  7. smokehouse - Jan 4, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    As usual, useless babble

  8. TigerS Boy ToY - Jan 4, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Thank you!
    I guess the “STUPIDNESS” OF 2010 HAS BEGUN.

  9. TigerS Boy ToY - Jan 4, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Please leave the Yankee Universe alone……….
    If you want Traffic to your blog just include Yankees IN THE HEADLINE and the hits will keep on coming,,,,,,,,,
    Man sells talking horse to a woman who is a YANKEE fan.

  10. Tim H. - Jan 4, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    If anything the Yankees will reserve the DH for Jesus Montero. Phil Rodgers lives in fantasyland.

  11. willmose - Jan 4, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Flash! The Yankees are buying the Red Sox and Braves to serve as farm clubs for talent. Take it to the bank, the Yankees have more than enough money to pull it off.

  12. W - Jan 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    thanks but no thanks, Yanks just dominated 2009 with Big Teix at for mauer…he’s sizing up those ‘stripes as we speak

  13. whatshisname - Jan 4, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Yeah, your talking about Pujols leaving St. Louis because a guy from Chicago thinks so. If it happened the next topic would be Salary Cap or bust.

  14. LTW - Jan 4, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Keep dreaming Yankmee fans, Pujols stays in baseball heaven

  15. Old Gator - Jan 4, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    “As for Mauer, the Twins ownership has the money to lock him up, so I don’t see him hitting the market at all.”
    Let’s see how he likes playing outdoors above the Arctic Circle in April and September and eating rotten shark meat on white bread every day first. The sight of all those elephants with long thick fur and the aroma of rutting musk oxen might just unnerve him enough to allow himself to be made Borg.
    “First and foremost, the Borg just signed a great first baseman to an 8 year, $180 million contract. Where in the world would they put Pujols or Gonzalez?”
    On their payroll.

  16. 333e - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    pujols was a left fielder before

  17. Wiseman - Jan 5, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    I will riot if Pujols plays for anyone else especially the Yankees.

  18. JudyJ - Jan 6, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Yup – and we don’t mean “red” pinstripes.

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