Feb 16 2011
The deadline came and went for the St Louis Cardinals and their All Star and Future Hall of Fame 1B Albert Pujols to reach a contract extension today.
Pujols said he would not negotiate during the season which technically started today as he and his Cardinals got things rolling for their first day of spring training today.
Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa has been outspoken with his displeasure saying that the MLBPA is forcing Pujols to shoot for the moon on this contract to “set the bar” for other stars to aim for.
While Tony is a drunk angry old man, I can’t blame him for being pissed. NO player in sports is worth a 10-year, $300 million dollar deal. (A-Rod got a 10-year, $275 million dollar deal from the Texas Rangers in 2000)
All that being said I fully expect the Cardinals to do whatever is in their power to bring back Albert.
For the hell of it, lets take a look at some teams who may trade their souls and or first born virgin daughters to sign Baseball’s best player.
1. New York Yankees- Honestly, how can you not put them #1? Hal Steinbrenner and co. will fork up every penny possible to lure him in.
2. Chicago Cubs- What better way to try and end their 103 year misery then to bring in their Rivals Franchise Player.
3. Los Angeles Angels- Owner Arte Moreno is loaded, even though their usually reluctant to go + $100 Mil on a player, this is a whole new monster.
4. Washington Nationals- Don’t laugh, I’m dead serious! They have all the money in the world to use and are no longer worried about spending it. After adding OF Jayson Werth to a ridiculous deal and trying to overpay for Cliff Lee, Albert maybe just the ticket, to sell some tickets.
5. Boston Red Sox- I know they just traded for Adrian Gonzalez to play 1B, but without locking him up to a long-term deal, the Sox could make it a one and done and go after Pujols.
Sure there will be other teams like the Giants, Dodgers, Mets, Blue Jays, Rangers, and Orioles with the available assets, those teams above seem more realistic.
That being said Albert is going to make a shit load of money next off-season, it’s just unsure which teams will be writing the check.