Archive for Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cards’ GM mum on Pujols contract

January 16, 2011


— Albert Pujols will sign autographs for $175 a pop today at the St. Louis Cardinals’ Winter Warmup. The team has until the start of spring training to get the three-time NL MVP to sign a new contract.

General manager John Mozeliak confirmed the deadline set by Pujols, but declined Saturday to characterize negotiations. The Cardinals exercised a $16 million option for next season on Pujols’ contract in October.

Both sides want to keep the negotiations private. Pujols’ two-hour autograph session, which will raise funds for Cardinal Care, is sold out.

“Really, we don’t want to sit here and handicap or guess or kind of give any type of gut feel where this thing is headed right now,” Mozeliak said. “Hopefully in the near future it’s something we can talk more about, but right now I’m not prepared to.”

Although Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt expressed confidence earlier this winter that the team could keep Pujols beyond 2011, Mozeliak said: “I don’t think it’s going to benefit anybody for me to weigh in at this point.”

The 30-year-old Pujols led the National League with 42 homers and 118 RBIs last season. He topped 400 career homers and set a franchise record with his 39th multihomer game.


Kash_Encarri 7 years, 5 months ago

He's just asking for something on par with what other (and quite often lesser) players are receiving. The guy has actually been UNDERPAID relative to market for at least the last five years. Before you want to start the whole overpaid athlete deal. Teachers, cops, firemen etc deserve more, I agree with you but that isn't the market we live in.

Before bashing Pujols, you should look at some of the humitarian stuff he does every year that doesn't get the press. Like the fact that he has organized and paid for a medical junket to the D.R. every year since his rookie season. When I say organized, I mean recruiting the physicians, nurses, physical therapists, etc., hitting up big pharm to donate medications and supplies. Yes, he has help but it is just amazing what goes into each trip.

There are others out there like Pujols doing this kind of thing. Too bad the press would rather spend their time on the spoiled side of the story, or the criminal side. I guess this kind of thing doesn't make good news unless you get killed trying to do it like Roberto Clemente.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

I heard a report on the Comedy Channel/Onion sports show that he'd been given the Key to the City-- it'll open any door in town, and he can take whatever he wants.

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