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That report of the lowball offer to Pujols could be bogus

Feb 17, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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Albert Pujols hit Cardinals training camp today and met the press.  By all reports he was calm, cool and collected.  He said that he’s not just about the money and that he wants to be a Cardinal for life. He said that he has no ill will with the Cardinals over negotiations and that it will be business as usual this season. He also commented on that report that was floating around yesterday that the Cardinals lowballed him:

Pujols said he hopes to remain a Cardinal forever. Also said he and his agent and the Cardinals laughed at reported contract numbers.

Emphasis added.

If it was just he and his agent laughing I suppose there could be some ambiguity there regarding whether it was laughable because it was a bad report or that the reported low offer was itself laughable.  But if the Cardinals were laughing too, it suggests that the notion that they truly tried to offer Pujols a relative pittance compared to his value is a false one and that the report was off the mark.  It may have been low — and there are multiple reports saying that it was below Alex Rodriguez-money — but that “not even in the top ten stuff” that was being discussed yesterday is looking less plausible.

And really:  if he was really saying that the Cardinals’ offer was laughable, it would have flown in the face of all the good vibes Pujols tried to send out this morning.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Let’s not forget that Pujols is a stand up dude and would put a good face on just about anything b/c that’s the way he carries himself.

  2. Charles Gates - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Seems like $30MM per is pretty much what everyone thinks Pujols wants over an 8-10 year deal. How much of an annual increase would it take to get him to take a short term deal?
    $40MM per year for 3 years? It’s less guaranteed money, but gives him a chance to get back into the market again before he retires after making more per year in the short term.

    • Charles Gates - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      How many years does Tex have on his contract with the Yankees?
      Option B: If it’s 4 or 5, sign a contract for that legnth at >$30MM average per, perhaps with deferred cash and an opt out clause, to ensure he enters FA again, this time with the Yankees in the market for a 1B.

  3. BC - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    I want…. 100 billion dollars!!!
    Signed,
    Dr. Evil

  4. spudchukar - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Because I am such a Cardinal fan I spend way too much time contemplating Pujols and his contract. Here is my new take from a management position. They are reasonably convinced that Albert wants to stay in St. Louis. They also realize they are going to have to pay him a good chunk of cash. So, the cynical part of my brain says they a profit opportunity by waiting until the off season to sign him. Not that Albert needs any prodding to perform, but let’s face it, a certain extra energy may be called upon to prove his dollar worth. A win for the team. Plus, if the fans believe this will be Albert’s last year, they will turn out in droves to see him for perhaps the last time, and to encourage him to stay. A win for the ownership. It is a gamble, and a dangerous one, when all the high dollars start flying, but if the relationship remains amiable, Albert will probably accept the $28 and 8 and stay put, a number DeWitt has grudgingly learned he will need to fork over.

    • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2011 at 1:33 PM

      Senility Sucks, line 4 should read “they..SEE.. a profit.

  5. cintiphil - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    The speculation is running wild. I think Albert will remain a Redbird, and we will not get him out of the NL Central. There will be a Big surprise at sometime soon, announcing that Albert and the birds have reached an agreement. Watch!

    I think the guy is the best I ever saw play, but why does he have to play us so much? I would like to get him into the AL, but we are not going to be that lucky.

  6. saints97 - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    No disrespect, but it was pretty obvious to those that have paid attention to see that it was bogus yesterday, before Pujols’ comments. In fact, I said that in the comments of the post yesterday.

    I don’t understand why people would believe that, except that everyone wants to believe they are smarter than people that have a job they’d kill for.

  7. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Feb 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    I am shocked that a Ken Rosenthal story would be inaccurate. Craig, I usually say that his was done for some sinister purpose. In this case, I think it was just sloppy reporting. The numbers were the non-deferred salary. Add another $7-8 million per year in deferred salary and the deal is in the ball park. This is just a guess on my part, but knowing how sloppy some bloggers get it is probably something his source didn’t tell him.

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