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DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:15 pm
DALLAS -- With the agent for Albert Pujols in town and expected to meet with both the Cardinals and Marlins today, St. Louis owner Bill DeWitt says he remains "hopeful" of re-signing Pujols and expects the situation will become far more clear by the time these meetings end Thursday.

"We're making every effort," to sign the slugger, DeWitt said Monday morning. "Obviously, we're having continuing discussions. We have a good dialog going.

"We're hopeful."

DeWitt said the Cardinals have not set a deadline and indicated that they wouldn't. However, he also acknowledged the need to build their 2012 roster and move forward without waiting so long it hampers them.

"Obviously, the sooner the better for us," DeWitt said. "We're not putting a timetable on it."

With both Lance Berkman and Allen Craig returning, the Cardinals at least have some options if Pujols leaves. And multiple sources reiterated Monday that the Marlins will continue their full-court press this winter in Pujols' direction. Having already signed closer Heath Bell (that announcement is scheduled for 3:30 EDT today) and agreed to terms with Bell, the Marlins will remain aggressive

But while Berkman could shift to first base and Craig could take his outfield spot, that remains St. Louis' Plan B.

"You don't replace an Albert Pujols," DeWitt said. "Sure we have depth. But we're a far better club with Albert than without him."

The Cardinals owner would not get into specifics about what the club has offered Pujols, or even if an offer is on the table. Sources with knowledge of the talks say St. Louis has not presented an offer since the one that was on the table just before spring training that Pujols rejected.

DeWitt also would not get into specifics regarding whether the offer Pujols rejected last spring was still in play, or whether that is off the table with a new one to be presented.

"We wish we'd signed him two years ago," DeWitt said. "Or last year. But we understand the process on a player of his caliber once he reaches free agency."

The Cardinals indicated last spring that they were happy to allow Pujols delve into free agency this winter and allow the market to develop. With just the Marlins as competitors now, and with the Cubs on the periphery, they're still on that high wire.

The longer this drags out, however, there also is growing speculation regarding not only how seriously the Cardinals want him back, but how badly he wants to come back.

"I think Albert wants to be a Cardinal," DeWitt said. "I'm sure he loves the experiences he's had there. These things aren't easy when you're talking about a player of this magnitude, to reach an agreement."


Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:24 am

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols


The Los Angeles Angels have pulled off a massive 3-way trade with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.  The exact details of the trade are not clear yet, but the key players involved are Albert Pujols, Hanley Rameriz, Kendry Morales, and Vernon Wells, with Pujols and Hanley Rameriz going to the Angels for a handful of players and also cash considerations  The St. Louis Cardinals who were able to offer Albert Pujols the best contract available to him as far as money and total years goes will sign and trade away Pujols for players from both the Angels and the Marlins.  After signing Pujols, the Cardinals will then trade him to the Angels who will in turn send a combination of players to both the Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.  The Miami Marlins will then send Hanley Rameriz to the Angels.  The following players from the Angles will be going to either the Cardinals or the Marlins, Los Angeles Angel Kendry Morales, Vernon Wells, Alberto Callaspo, Jerome Williams, Fernando Rodney, and either Erik Aybar or Maicer Izturis will be going to either the Cardinals or the Marlins.   It is not clear what players from the Cardinals and the Marlins will also be involved in the trade, but Jon Jay of the Cardinals and Gaby Sanchez of the Marlins have been possible names mentioned. 

Look for more detailed information on this trade to be available in the next couple of days.

   Larry Dobrow,   

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:12 pm

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

I hate to say it, but I believe he is going to the miami marlins.  It is as close to home as any Dominican-born player can be and still play in the MLB.  Fellow Dominicans Reyes and Ramirez are on the team, it would be good for the marlins all day. Miami is a Latin American city for sure, and maybe Albert wants to be in it.  I won't hold it against him.

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:08 pm

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

Hmm, news to me that Albert rejected the Cardinals' offer a while back. Here's an idea Albert, St. Louis signs you to the $33 million you want a season for 10 years, establishing yourself as the benchmark best player according to the salary you command. Then, under the table you return $13 mil a season since it really is "about winning championships." That way St. Louis can continue to build a competitive club around you and fans won't have to pay $12 for a hotdog and $15 for a cup of watered down Budweiser.

Course it will never happen...

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:54 am

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

It's not about the money. Albert is a product which has a value and off course is a lot of Money... but isnt it a lot of "money" that someone can spend two miillion dollars for a wedding? Come on... These guys entertains us and it's never about the money... If it was about the money, the wealthiest people around the world would erradicate hunger and poverty... it's about a pricetag

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:22 am

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

Good luck Cards in retaining Pujols!! He is the Cardinals!!!

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:08 am

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

This is actually pretty smart by Miami when you think about it. They probably figure they have to go through St. Louis to get to the World Series, so you push hard for Pujols which forces the Cardinals to spend more money on him than they probably should. So not only do they have two aging players on the hook for a lot of money, but they will have less money to strengthen the rest of their team and re-sign possible free-agents like Wainright and Carpenter in a few years. It is basically a win-win for the Marlins. You either get Pujols or force the Cardinals to give him a contract they don't want to, which helps you because they have less money to spend on other pieces.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:32 am

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

That's exactly the same philosophy that landed Reyes in Miami; I can't wait till all the nay sayers look in the window after He signs with the Marlins and realize their club blew it...C.J.Wison also in the Stars or should I say Coral Reef!!!LOL... Go Fish!!!

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:10 am

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

Do you watch baseball at all? When is the last time the cardinals were in rebuilding mode? Its been a while. The reason that it has been a while is because they almost never do it. They have years here and there where they aren't as good, but rarely do they rebuild and throw in a whole season. Your comment is clearly not thought out or just simply uneducated. Follow a team for a while before you make some blanket statement.

By the way, which team has offered pujols more money? And which situation is better for him? The only offer on the table is from the marlins and by all reports, was way lower than the cards Spring Training offer. The marlins might be a good place to play now, but it certainly isn't better from a fanbase and support standpoint than St. Louis. Albert is a legend in St. Louis now, so I can't see how playing in Miami where they could care less about baseball would be a better situation. And right now, it would be for less money than in St. Louis.

Get a clue. You don't have your facts right and your opinions are clearly without basis.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:06 am

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

I think we can all agree that no one person is worth the kind of money these players make playing a game...however, things are what they are and a team will have to pay for what they get.  When I saw Ryan Howard get $25 million or so a couple years ago I immediately said Pujol's could get $35-$40 million.  I like Howard, but he just like everyone else is no Pujol's.  I can't see him signing with the Marlins, they will be looking to dump salary in no time since they have no fan base and the Marlins have always unloaded their players for draft picks and prospects.  I think Miami will find out sooner rather than later that just because they had a bad stadium doesn't mean the fans won't come.  I have followed the Twins for about 30 years and if anyone ever went to a game at the metrodome knows how bad that place was...but when things are good they always put 30,000 plus in there.

St Louis will just have to pony up, yes they will have to overpay but Pujol's and his value to the city, to the fans make a necessity they re-sign him.  

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:55 am

DeWitt: "Making every effort" to re-sign Pujols

Redwing, i have been trying to tell that to my friends since brewer fans thought we had a shot to resign CC. 

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