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Albert Pujols doesn’t talk free agency after World Series win

Oct 29, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

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As one would expect, Albert Pujols didn’t immediately have much to say about whether Friday’s Game 7 victory was his last game as a Cardinal:

You know what? I’m not even thinking about that. I’m thinking about, you know, we’re the world champions and I’m going to celebrate and whenever that time comes, you know, then we’ll deal with it. But right now, you know, I enjoy this. You never know when it’s going to be your last one so I’m going to enjoy this one like the same way that I did my first one. So thank you to all the fans for the support.

Pujols had a decidedly odd World Series. Apart from his five-hit, three-homer outburst in Game 3, he went 1-for-19 with no RBI. He did walk six times, though. In Game 7, he came around to score after both a walk and a HBP.

Pujols, of course, is a free agent for the first time this winter, and he could be in line for the third $200 million contract (and first not signed by Alex Rodriguez) in baseball history. The Rangers, Cubs, Nationals and Angels are a few of the teams that may weigh putting in a bid for the three-time NL MVP.

  1. sawxalicious - Oct 29, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Pujols is definitely gonna get paid next year, but I can’t think of a worse year for the top 1st baseman to go on the market..the teams with top dollars that jack up the asking prices don’t need a first baseman (Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies-Ryan Howard’s injury notwithstanding)and so many other teams are having financial problems (Dodgers, Mets, etc.), and other somewhat competitive teams can’t justify the added salary (Rays, Indians, Florida), and other teams just happen to have low-cost good-enough options (Braves, Reds, Angels-if Kendry Morales can get healthy)…add Prince Fielder into the mix and I don’t see Albert going anywhere. I think the market is going to help the Cardinals negotiating strategy….other than the fact the fans will burn down the stadium if El Hombre leaves….it’s gonna be a real interesting off season.

    • bigharold - Oct 29, 2011 at 3:44 AM

      Why do you assume that the Yankees won’t make a play for Pujols?

      Granted, starting pitching is their primary need but assuming that they resign Sabathia their really isn’t much quality starting pitch available this off season. Why throw a truck load of money at CJ Wilson, who isn’t an ace, when they could throw a truck load of money at Pujols?

      Now, it would be a legitimate question to ask why would the Yankees sign Pujols and where does he fit? Why, because the Yankees understand their need for star power, which is great in most cases and far greater, than all the other teams in baseball. . They are neither the Royals, Rays or Jays. They’ve been putting playoff caliber teams out there for a decade and a half plus but they still need to generate the requisite excitement to put the fannies in those high priced seats. Truth is the hardcore fans are coming no matter what but It gets harder EVERY year to shell out the money that is expected. Tickets, parking, commuting and re jumoing off the charts. If you want to all those luxury suites and $1,200 “moat” seats occupied than you need to do more than be competitive. You need to create buzz. If they could bring in a quality starter that would make sense, otherwise improve the team by adding firepower.

      Where does he play? Simple; between 1B, 3B and DH A-Rod, Teixeira and Pujols will all play 150 games each a year health providing. Playing time will be the least of their concerns. Of course, it does raise the question why would the Yankees sign a big ticket FA to fill a position that doesn’t require filling? The same reason they signed A-Rod in 2004 despite the fact that they hand signed Jeter to a huge contract few years earlier or why they Signed Soriano lest year despite having the greatest closer of all time under contract. Because they are the Yankees and they can, if they decide they want to.

      The Yankees can afford Pujols if they think that is the best option to improve the club. They’ve the willingness and a track record of signing players that, at least on the surface, seem redundant or superfluous. And, in the final analysis another teams extravagance is their necessity because being the NY Yankees, while it provides so much advantage, comes with a great deal of expectations which is a burden and at times are unrealistic.

      And, before the thumbs down legion goes apoplectic, keep in mind that just because I point out the very real possibility that Pujols might sign with the Yankees does not necessarily mean I think it’s a good idea for the Pujols, the Yankees or baseball in general. It certainly would be devastating to the Card’s and their fans. But, it certainly possible and to think otherwise would be foolish.

      In a perfect world Pujols and the Card’s come to their collective senses. But, if he gets as far as free agency the Yankees will be in the thick of it. And, … he’ll look good in pinstripes too!

      • lazlosother - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:04 PM

        NY will have no interest in Pujols. They don’t have a spot for him, and with the luxury tax they would pay more than 35m a year for him. It would be absolutely stupid, and Cashman isn’t stupid.

        My guess is Albert will remain a Cardinal. I think they can afford him, and they are not stupid either.

  2. sharksfan754 - Oct 29, 2011 at 4:22 AM

    The worst defensive first baseman in the league. Why wouldn’t he go to the AL to DH as the best hitter in the game, exclusively?

    • shea801 - Oct 29, 2011 at 7:44 AM

      You know how I know you’re retarded?

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        Shea….either that…or he is new to the game. As in…just started watching last Saturday.

    • paperlions - Oct 29, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      This isn’t a post about Prince Fielder.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      Hahaha! Laughable. I can only surmise 3 things…
      1) You have never seen him play. Otherwise, you would have seen all the leather he has flashed his entire career (this years postseason included)…to garner multiple Gold Gloves.
      2) You know nothing about him. Otherwise, you would know he takes far to much pride in his defense (and being a total ballplayer) to ever consider a DH only gig.
      3) You have ZERO Baseball accumen.
      Which is it? 1…2…3…or all of the above?

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 29, 2011 at 4:56 AM

    “You know what? I’m not even thinking about that.” There should be enough time to think about the $400 mil I just made after I’m done celebrating this world championship

  4. florida727 - Oct 29, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    With Theo now with the Cubs, don’t think he won’t make a serious play for him. Nice cornerstone to build around. But really, why do journalists even have to ask the question on a night that’s all about winning, then celebrating an accomplishment? Some journalists live to stir up controversy. They probably watch NASCAR waiting for a wreck. What @$$holes. Let the guy enjoy a great moment. Nice of Pujols to answer professionally. He should have just “eliminated” him :)

    • paperlions - Oct 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      Agree completely. If you know you aren’t going to get an answer (and he had to know), and you know that it is not the appropriate time for the questions (which it clearly wasn’t), why do you ask the question anyway? Just a waste of air time.

      • natstowngreg - Oct 29, 2011 at 7:48 PM

        Because in this short-attention span age, the current story ends, you go onto the next story ASAP.

        Actually, you don’t even wait for the current story to end. How often did we have to endure “this might be Albert’s last plate appearance for the Cards” in Games 6 and 7?

    • 1historian - Oct 30, 2011 at 6:47 AM

      Completely agree, and the answer to your question is simple – that’s what they do. But I have to object to your calling them journalists – that used to be an honorable term.

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