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The deadline to sign Albert Pujols is a little earlier than we thought

Feb 8, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

Albert Pujols

It was reported last month that Albert Pujols and his agent Dan Lozano would cut off contract talks with the Cardinals if an extension wasn’t reached by spring training. We have been operating under the assumption that his self-imposed deadline was going to be February 19. Turns out he’ll be an early arrival.

ESPN.com and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports both reported this afternoon that Pujols will report to spring training on February 16, three days earlier than his original reported deadline.

Craig asked a little bit earlier if we could glean anything from a report that the Cardinals have yet to make an offer for Pujols. He even wondered if perhaps Pujols and/or his agent are beginning to leak information in order to put some public pressure on the Cardinals. We’re not privy to whether the Cardinals were aware of this new deadline prior to this information being reported this afternoon, but moving up the deadline could certainly do the trick.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 8, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Ah, let him walk…the guy is a bum.

    He’s never swiped 100 bags in a year, hit 70+ homers or pitched a perfect game. He’s a chump. Heck, last time I checked, he’d never even hit .400. No need to keep this bush leaguer around.

    I’m sure there’s a tough and gritty first baseman out there somewhere just looking for work…you’ll be able to tell it’s him by his dirty jersey.

    • bigxrob - Feb 8, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      according to baseball-reference.com, he doesn’t even have any wins on his record

      • Jeremiah Graves - Feb 8, 2011 at 7:04 PM

        …and this bum thinks he deserves a long-term deal?!

    • Mike Luna - Feb 8, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      On top of that, I haven’t read anything that indicates that he’s in the best shape of his life.

      • bcopus - Feb 8, 2011 at 10:07 PM

        He’s actually wallowing right now, because nobody fed him popcorn.

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Is the countdown to Albert reporting to spring training going to be baseballs equivalent of the “doomsday clock”?

  3. bigharold - Feb 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    He’s going to look good in Yankee pinstripes!

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 8, 2011 at 6:57 PM

      Tell that to Teixeira.

      • bigharold - Feb 8, 2011 at 7:21 PM

        Just because the Yankees have a first rate 1B doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t be interested in Pujols. It’d be a 1B/DH platoon for the ages.

        “Now batting for the New York Yankees number six Albert Pujols,. .. number six”

        I wanna be in Dooly’s in Boston when they announce the signing to see all those Raplh Kramdem “hamana hamna hamna” responses.

  4. phukyouk - Feb 8, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Yanks aint gonna sign him. the Rangers will

    • Jeremiah Graves - Feb 8, 2011 at 9:36 PM

      The Rangers ain’t gonna sign him. The Pirates will.

      *doesn’t get the rules to this game*

    • bigharold - Feb 8, 2011 at 10:19 PM

      Rangers can’t afford Pujols when they’ll be picking up 10 million a year for Young to pay somewhere else for the next three years. Not to mention that Hamilton is going to be looking for A-Rod money too.

      Pujols to the Rangers no, .. Yankees yes.

      • Mike Luna - Feb 8, 2011 at 10:39 PM

        Yankees need pitching. Can Pujols pitch?

  5. bigharold - Feb 8, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Hey nobody saw A-Rod coming and fans will be even more surprised when Pujols sows up.

  6. b7p19 - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    The Padres have been underspending for the last few years AND traded their all-star first baseman because they’ve been plotting a Pujols signing for years. Pujols agent is leveraging the Padres interest against the Cards……it’s really the only good explaination. Nothing will make a contender pony up crazy dollars for their superstar like learning the Pads are ready to scoop him up!!

  7. Jonny 5 - Feb 9, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    Tick…………Tick……………Tick……………..Tick…………….Tick……………….Tick…………Tick……………Tick……………..Tick…………….Tick……………….Tick…………Tick……………Tick……………..Tick…………….Tick……………….Tick…………Tick……………Tick……………..Tick…………….Tick……………….
    The sound of fear for the Cards and their fans

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 9, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      They should’ve taken the Pujols-Ryno deal—fictitious as it was.

  8. trevorb06 - Feb 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    He’ll play for Nippon in Japan. They’ve been saving up for years for this!

  9. uyf1950 - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    The Cardinals are waiting until the last minute to overwhelm Pujols with an offer he can’t refuse and also to thwart the so called “mystery team”.

  10. buffalocardsfan - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    As a lifelong Cardinal fan, I say let him walk. He has no real interest of being a Cardinal for life or having a statue next to Stan’s at the ballpark. He has no real idea of what it means to wear the birds on the bat. It even isn’t about the money, it’s the ego. He wants’ the biggest contract ever because like Bonds was jealous of McGuire and Sosa, Albert wants to be Arod.

    So go ahead and change your number, wear the ugly jail striped uniforms and make your millions. The Cards can use the money to get a couple of decent players who will run out a ground ball once in awhile and maybe not go into a corner and pout when they don’t get all the attention because the team signed a big name free agent. Heck they might even be able to pick up a guy from somewhere else to lead them back to the promise land. (Brock, Cepada, Ozzie, Tudor, Edmonds)

    So screw you Albert, let’s move on!

  11. diddy22e - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Please god tell me hes not going to take his talnets to south beach, I just dont think I could handle that again….

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