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Cardinals exercise $16 million option on Albert Pujols for 2011

Oct 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

In the least surprising news since I said yes when offered a donut yesterday the Cardinals just officially exercised their 2011 option on Albert Pujols.
Instead of buying him out for $5 million (ha!) they’ll pay the best hitter in baseball $16 million while praying that he decides to remain in St. Louis for the long haul at some point before hitting the open market 13 months from now.
Because the Cardinals missed the playoffs Pujols is unlikely to garner a ton of MVP support from voters, but he hit .312/.414/.596 while leading the league with 42 homers, 118 RBIs, and 115 runs. He also ranked second to Joey Votto in OPS. In other words, he had another MVP-caliber season.

  1. Cincy Sam - Oct 6, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Why is this news? Who thought they were going to let him go? They will have to sign him in 1012 too, or the Yankees will grab him up as AROD get old.

  2. Knight-of-God - Oct 6, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Well Duh! Anybody think it was going to be declined.

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