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Cardinals: We will not explore a trade for Pujols

Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 2:42 pm
 

JUPITER, Fla. -- Now the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols move from the positioning and posturing into the unknown.

The Cardinals expressed disappointment Wednesday that they couldn't reach an agreement on a new contract for Pujols, and Pujols' Camp issued a statement confirming that it has "suspended negotiation until after the conclusion of the 2011 season."

There was not much talking in the past several days, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. The Cardinals presented Pujols with an offer "around the first of the year", according to general manager John Mozeliak. Bill DeWitt Jr., chairman of the board, confirmed that the Cardinals used that as a basis as conversations evolved from there, discussing ways to tweak various parts of that deal without ever pulling it from the table and presenting a whole new offer.

Either way, it never achieved liftoff, and Wednesday's conclusion pretty much has been expected all week.

The Cardinals are determined to take another run at Pujols after the season. For now, Mozeliak and DeWitt said, they would respect Pujols' wish to not be bothered with contract talk during the season. However, if Camp Pujols were to change its mind and approach the Cardinals, Mozeliak said, the club is "always open for business."

Meanwhile, Mozeliak said Pujols will play his usual key role on the Cardinals' club this summer and that even with free agency looming, a pre-emptive strike by exploring possible trade paths is not on the team's radar.

"It is not," Mozeliak said. "It's not something we would either consider or do."

It should be noted that Pujols has full no-trade powers as a "10-and-5 man" -- 10 years in the majors, the past five with the same club.

Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Cardinals: We will not explore a trade for Pujols

Balrog--
I would think a piece of the franchise would be worth more in the long run, but a lot less over 10 years.  In addition, how much that stake is worth is based on how much the franchise is worth, so if things go bad, the Cards aren't saddled with a huge cash obligation.

For most players, I would not think such a deal is in the best interest of the club, but for someone who IS the franchise, and would be expected to be the face of the franchise long after his playing days are over, it's probably worth risking it.




Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Cardinals: We will not explore a trade for Pujols

Yeah I seriously doubt he goes anywhere! He loves playing for the Cardinals and the Cardinals love him! He's not going anywhere!



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Cardinals: We will not explore a trade for Pujols

Saint Louis doesn't want to trade him and Pujols doesn't want to be traded either. They will come up with a deal not to worry. More important things have to be worked on. There is season to be played. I hope Pujols has the best Year ever because all that matters is winning the World Series



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Cardinals: We will not explore a trade for Pujols

Pujols reportedly wants a piece of the franchise, which might be something that requires a lot of details, so that gives them time to do that as well.  If the guy is and will be the franchise for years, why not let him have that as part of his deal?

I don't believe giving him $30 million for 10 is worth it considering that he'll be 41 by the end of the deal


Wait you wouldnt pay him $300 million over ten years, but you'd give him a "piece of the franchise" and, essentially, pay him foreever?  How big a piece and do you think Pujols would not want a salary on top of that -- you can't pay the rent with a "piece of the franchise".  That said, I agree 10 years is too long -- give him 7 years at $30mil per, makes him the highest in average salary ever,if that is not good enough, let him walk -- unless, maybe, if he is willing to defer a good chuck of the $300mill rather than get it all in the 10 years.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Cardinals: We will not explore a trade for Pujols

To be honest, I think the best move for the Cards is to keep a good relationshp with him and wait it out until the end of the year.  Why?  because they can keep an eye on him to see if he holds up healthy for the year bedfore they decide how much to invest in him.  Pujols reportedly wants a piece of the franchise, which might be something that requires a lot of details, so that gives them time to do that as well.  If the guy is and will be the franchise for years, why not let him have that as part of his deal?

I don't believe giving him $30 million for 10 is worth it considering that he'll be 41 by the end of the deal (45 in non-Dominican birth certificate years), but if you look at it like investing in the biggest "Mr. Cardinal" since Stan the Man, you aren't just paying for performance.



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Cardinals: We will not explore a trade for Pujols

Pujols has said numerous times he will veto any trade.


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