Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Will the Cardinals Sign Pujols in the Next Week?
The funny thing is, the Cardinals have yet to give Pujols a concrete contract offer. Clearly, that means that the Cards and Pujols are nowhere close in their contract negotiations. Pujols is said to be looking for a contract similar to Alex Rodriguez's massive contract worth 10 years, $275 million. According to Yahoo Sports, hardballtimes.com valed Pujols as high as $275 million over 10 years, fangraphs.com valued him at $267 million over 10 years, and sabernomics.com valued him at $350 million over eight years (taking into account increases in player salaries and league revenue). That is a ton of money and the Cardinals might not be willing to go that high. However, if they don't, another team will.
If the Cardinals lose Pujols, they won't only lose the best player on the planet, but the centerpiece of their organization. It would be a devastating blow to one of the most loyal fan bases in all of baseball. However, if he does end up leaving, let's hope the Cubs can steal him from their arch-rivals and end 103 years of futility (yes, I realize how unlikely that is).