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The Cardinals will try to lock up Pujols before Christmas

Nov 16, 2010, 6:32 AM EDT

Albert Pujols

Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have targeted December for Operation Sign Albert Pujols. Well, they may have a better name for it, but that’s what it is:

“Timing is important,” Mozeliak said. “We don’t want it to drag out this winter. I wouldn’t say it’s at a critical juncture right now, but I’d like to think between now and the Christmas holiday we’d start addressing it.”

He added that “next month may be a critical time.”

I can’t imagine the freaking out we’ll see among Cardinals fans if they don’t get Pujols signed before spring training, and I can’t think of a way to consider such an occurrence other than as an unmitigated disaster.  I mean, it’s not like they could trade the guy if things go sideways, what with his 10 and 5 rights.  If it’s not done by early-to-mid February, he’s almost certainly going to become a free agent at the close of next season.

  1. paperlions - Nov 16, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Pujols has always said that it isn’t about the money, that it is about winning (or at least being competitive) and family. Now he has a chance to prove it. If he makes the Cardinals pay “Yankee money” for him or top that horrible Howard contract, then it obviously is about the money….which is fine, just don’t spend a decade saying that such isn’t the case.

  2. cintiphil - Nov 16, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    What? They are not going to give the Yankees a chance? That stinks. We are stuck with him in our division I suppose. That’s NOT FAIR!

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