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It’s over for now: Albert Pujols and the Cardinals have reached the deadline with no deal

Feb 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

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The official deadline was to be 11AM, but Buster Olney just tweeted the following:

Pujols contract talks are over. Deadline will pass without a deal. Have not been proposals swapped in last 100 hours or so.

And it wouldn’t have been that big a deal if Pujols hadn’t gone and set a deadline.  Not that it necessarily matters to him or should — the guy should do what he wants to — but the frenzy that has been built up among the Cardinals fans and the media covering this deadline thing is a pretty artificial creation.

Pujols will show up in camp tomorrow. He’ll give a few no comments.  Then he’ll go out and start abusing baseballs.  Barring the absolutely ridiculous, he will be a St. Louis Cardinal all year.  When the year ends the press of a legitimate deadline — his free agency — will likely make more happen than anything that could have been expected in these past few weeks.

 

  1. shaggylocks - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Perhaps this really is a “no distractions” policy. Both sides agreed to let the announced deadline pass so that all the fanfare in the sporting press would crescendo before spring training, allowing the two sides to quietly work out a deal during the season outside of the spotlight. Just a thought.

    • Lukehart80 - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      But the spotlight isn’t going away. Every city he gets to, there are going to be questions. I think Pujols is smart enough to know that and mentally strong enough not to be too taxed by it, but the spotlight is going to be there, every day of the season.

      If Teixeira should have a slow start, or get injured, we’re going to get all sorts of fun stuff from the New York media and (some of) their fans.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Let the Pojuls Free!!! Cards fans revolt!

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 16, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    From ESPN: “The Cardinals’ offer would place Pujols in baseball’s top 10 in salary, but not in the top five in average annual salary, the source said.” Well, like I said yesterday, the Cardinals are crazy. Not even top 5 for the TOP player in the game? What did they expect? Pujols will be a flying high, free bird, yeah….

  4. baseballstars - Feb 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Here I am, a self-absorbed Yankees fan, sulking at the fact that the Blue Jays are probably going to give my team a run for their money (ok, bad parallel, but their records will probably be about the same), but things could be MUCH worse. The Cardinals losing Pujols would be the equivalent of the Yankees losing Mantle or DiMaggio.

  5. thejokewriter - Feb 16, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Hello CUBBIES! It will have been 104 years. Welcome to Chicago. Even though Wrigley Field has the longest foul lines in baseball…355 feet to left, 353 feet to right, Cousin Albert will have a field day.

    Best,

    Peter

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      If that happens we’ll finally know what it sound like to hear a million people poop their pants at once (Cards fans).

    • spudchukar - Feb 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      Just about the last place Phat Albert will choose to go is Chicago. He is a winner. The Cubs are losers. He has watched for years, and realizes that even his presence won’t be enough to change the monkey house and collection of head cases that now masquerade as professional ballplayers in the aptly named, Windy City.

  6. cintiphil - Feb 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    These issues are usually decided at or near the deadline. Not the artificial deadline set before the season starts, but the deadline before he becomes a free agent. Regardless of what they said, the negotiations will go on (in private) as the season comes to an end. the public will find out at the end of the 2011 season.

  7. dshepson - Feb 16, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    What kind of name is Pooh Holes anyway?

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