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La Russa on Pujols talks: 'I'm tapped out'

Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: February 16, 2011 10:29 am

JUPITER, Fla. -- Less than two hours to the noon self-imposed deadline Albert Pujols has set for a new contract with the Cardinals, there remain no signs here of anything other than high noon passing quietly and the situation raging on through the 2011 season and the big man's impending free agency.

Manager Tony La Russa addressed a large group of reporters and television cameras around 9:30 a.m. on his way out for the day's workout and said, well, not much.

"I think the last two days I've done more than enough talking," La Russa said. "I don't have anything more to say than I already did.

"There isn't anything more I can add to what I said. I'm tapped out. I'm anxious to get back to our baseball team."

He did address comments from players' union boss Michael Weiner, who flatly denied La Russa's accusations Tuesday that the union is putting the hammer down on Pujols to not accept anything less than a record contract.

"I saw it," La Russa said. "It kind of omitted part of what I said, that if I was running the union, I'm not sure I'd handle it any differently.

"But it strains credibility a little to think there hasn't been any contact. He's too significant."

Mostly, La Russa did his best to deflect the looming deadline as best as he could.

"Our staff's concentration is on the 2011 season," La Russa said. "I go back to Chicago. All teams, every year there's the potential for all kinds of distractions. They come in many forms. If you give in to them, you're not that good a team.

"If we give into it, we're not good enough and we would end up getting beaten by something else. You can do it [block out distractions]. It can be done.

"You've got to be good enough."
La Russa also welcomed the large media crowd.

"I'm serious about that," he said. "If we're going to be any good, we hope to draw attention to the team. The fact that you're here, for whatever reason, I think the guys are enjoying it."


Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:06 pm

La Russa on Pujols talks: 'I'm tapped out'

Unfortunately the only thing bad about not getting to a contract before the season starts is we'll have to hear about it all year, and after a while, even Albert has to realize that he is going to be portrayed as the villian.  If hetries to be the highest paid player weell that belongs to ARod right now at $33+mil per year.  If he just wants a raise, he knows he's going to get that, easily.  If he tries to break the team, then if they have any brains they'll let him walk at the end of the year becuase what other teams are going to be willing to sign him at those numbers?  No too many, IF ANY.  Plus he risks gettinig injured this year, having a bad year, or at leaast one NOT up to his standards plus he watns the rings and the ONE MAN TEAM title.  Watch out Albert, look what happened to Jeter in NY when he tried to handcuff the team.  The FANS didn't back him and they'll only back you for so long.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 11:53 am

La Russa on Pujols talks: 'I'm tapped out'

He was given a good offer and declined. He can make his own decisions. If he decides to walk at the end of the season the Cards will have plenty of cash to sign a free agent 1b who can hit. I am not worried about the lineup in 2012. I just hope that Albert puts up great numbers and acts like a team player. The time is now to win.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2011 11:03 am

La Russa on Pujols talks: 'I'm tapped out'

With or without Albert baseball will go on and thrive in St. Louis.  One players does nopt make a team..never has and never will.  The Cards made a GREAT offer to Albert and really can`t do anything more.

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