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Nightengale details the Albert Pujols negotiations

Sep 7, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

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USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale has an excellent article on what’s happened to date and what’s still to come in Albert Pujols‘ contract negotiations with the Cardinals.  A couple of the highlights:

– Two sources told Nightengale that the Cards’ offer to Pujols last winter was for $195 million over nine years, not the $220 million-$230 million originally reported.  That seems awfully low for baseball’s best player.

– Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano, and Cards GM John Mozeliak have spoken just twice since the two sides agreed to shelve talks in spring training.

Also, there’s this quote from Tony La Russa:

Look, we’ve got a great organization. You got a great player. Albert wants to stay. They want him to stay.  If there’s any way to work it, they’ll work it.

But the reality is that this is a different climate than it used to be. I don’t know if they can work out a deal or not.

The whole article is worth reading, so check it out.

  1. baccards - Sep 7, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    I’ve moved from the area so I probably won’t get to see Mr Pujols play again – been lucky enough to catch a series or so a year for the last 5 yrs – Lived 5 hrs away, but worth the trip
    Where can I send my $100 to help keep him in StL…

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      I pony up $150.00. Someone give me an address.

  2. ramblingalb - Sep 7, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Not paying him for what he’s done, paying him for what he will do, as an aging player, who some question if he is his listed age. I’d say $20M per is far too high, as his production is very likely to go down, he plays 1B, and the length scares me off.

    • paperlions - Sep 7, 2011 at 7:53 PM

      There are no legitimate questions about his age. There has never been any substance to any rumor. It isn’t like no one has checked. He is Albert Pujols; if there was evidence that his age was being inaccurately reported, it would have been found and made public by now.

      But, you are correct that the the length of the contract is the problem. $195MM for 9 years seems about right because 1) he is NOT the best player in baseball anymore, and 2) he is unlikely to be a stud player for the last 3-4 years of such a deal. If such long-term deals were structured properly, they would pay the most the 1st year and go down in value each ensuing year. The fact that “that is not how it’s done” should be irrelevant, because the way it is done is stupid.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      You have obviously fallen down and hit your head recently. The Man is the 35th highest paid player in the league. Think about that for a moment. There are 34 other MLB players who make more annually. He has given the team incredible discounts TWICE over the last 10 years by leaving a considerable amount of monies on the table. He has tried several times over the last few years to sign an extension prior to his contract expiring. Who does that by the way? Rethorical question…because (in today’s climate) NOONE does that.
      With the amount of monies he has saved the Organization over the last 10 years…
      simply put…IT’s TIME TO PAY THE PIPER. As for your conspiracy theory in regards to his age…do your homework. The man came to the states as a 15 year old to live with his Grandmother in K.C. and graduated from High School there. Wow. With that kind of comment you lead me to believe you are also probably one of the people who think our government is behind 9/11.

  3. bravesman1983 - Sep 7, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Albert Pujols’ contract situation is out to get Tony La Russa.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Don’t be a chump.

  4. damnyankee13 - Sep 8, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Pujols is a great player, but are the numbers ever going to stop going up? Pretty soon the common man wont be able to afford to watch a game, be it at the stadium or at home. This is not just about Pujols its OUR money, dont we have bills to pay?

    • paperlions - Sep 8, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      When people stop paying the prices they are asking, the prices will stop going up. To some degree, you can’t blame the owners (who view their teams as a business) or the players (who are the entire reason we go to games and the talent on display) for asking for as much as people will give them.

      Nonetheless, Pujols is a once in a generation player, what he is paid shouldn’t be of concern, it is silly contracts to players that are only good that should be of more concern. I don’t think Pujols has ever been among the 10 highest paid players in baseball, not even for a single year.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:11 AM

        Never. As I posted previously…in the two contracts he has signed thus far he has left considerable monies on the table. One time even commenting….”I want to win and they will take care of me down the road.”
        He is the 35th highest paid player in MLB and not even the highest paid on his own team…and that is a disgrace.

  5. astrozac - Sep 8, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Albert wants to and cares about winning, why not throw in a $10 million bonus for every world series win?….

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 8, 2011 at 1:15 AM

      Because those kinds of incentives aren’t allowed in contracts.

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