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Old 01-30-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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The Albert Pujols Saga

I thought I'd see what others thought as to whether or not the Cardinals and Pujols agree to a deal prior to his Feb 19th deadline. After that date, if no deal is made, Pujols will not negotiate a contract until the end of the season.

So, what say you? Does a deal get done?

Personally, I think a deal is done prior to the date. Pujols wants to stay in St.Louis, St.Louis wants Pujols to stay in St.Louis, so I don't see how a deal doesn't get done. I understand the money is high, but lets face it, Pujols deserves it.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:23 PM   #2
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Re: The deadline is Feb 19th...does a deal get done (Pujols and Cardinals)

Agreed. The only thing i'm wondering is just how much it will cost.

Will Pujols give St. Louis a "discount" (which will still be upward of 20m a year), or is he basically going to tell them to pay him what he's worth or he'll get it elsewhere?
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Re: The deadline is Feb 19th...does a deal get done (Pujols and Cardinals)

I think it's a guarantee he stays at this point it's just whoever caves first or if they reach a compromise.
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Re: The deadline is Feb 19th...does a deal get done (Pujols and Cardinals)

I havent really been following. Whats the main holdup? Money? Term? both?
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Re: The deadline is Feb 19th...does a deal get done (Pujols and Cardinals)

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I havent really been following. Whats the main holdup? Money? Term? both?
A quarter billion dollars is a lot of money, you don't rush into something like that....




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Re: The deadline is Feb 19th...does a deal get done (Pujols and Cardinals)

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I havent really been following. Whats the main holdup? Money? Term? both?
Money. Pujols wants a contract similar to that of A-Rod's. St.Louis wants to offer him a deal worth $15-17M a year and Pujols wants anywhere from $25-27M a year. My guess is they'll settle around $22-25M a year.

Both are in agreement of locking him up for the remainder of his career (10 year deal). Its been reported that Pujols would take less than what he might get out on the open market but not significantly less.
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Re: The deadline is Feb 19th...does a deal get done (Pujols and Cardinals)

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Money. Pujols wants a contract similar to that of A-Rod's. St.Louis wants to offer him a deal worth $15-17M a year and Pujols wants anywhere from $25-27M a year. My guess is they'll settle around $22-25M a year.

Both are in agreement of locking him up for the remainder of his career (10 year deal). Its been reported that Pujols would take less than what he might get out on the open market but not significantly less.
$15-17 Million a year? Wow, I don't know how they think that's gonna fly after Ryan Howard got 5 125.
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It's all going to depend on what Albert wants more. Does he want more money or a chance to get more rings. They already have Holliday on a big contract. Chris Carpenter and others will be having contracts come up in the next couple of years.

If Albert wants to win another WS, he needs to take less so the front office has some flexibility to sign other key guys to put around him. Last season proved that Albert and Matt can't carry the offensive production and be a winner.

I will not be shocked at all if it does not get done and if it does, it will probably be a last minute deal on the 19th. He and his agent have already put the spin on it incase it does not get done about him not wanting it to be a distraction. But if it does not get done, it's going to be a distraction in it's own right. Fans and media will constantly be speculating on if it's his last April, May, homer, etc in a Cards uni


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