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Old 01-06-2012, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 7 million dollar swing- Pujojs contract details revealed

pretty good read.. I see why he choose the Angels.. some nice perks

Albert Pujols will get a nice payday for breaking Barry Bonds? home run record | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
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He seemed upset with the Cardinals. Would he have accepted such a deal from the Cardinals if they had a chance to counter?
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He seemed upset with the Cardinals. Would he have accepted such a deal from the Cardinals if they had a chance to counter?
If they would have made a strong offer up front they wouldn't have needed the chance to counter. They had more than ample time to offer a deal with his desired terms and chose not to.
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He seemed upset with the Cardinals. Would he have accepted such a deal from the Cardinals if they had a chance to counter?
I was listening to an interview on the radio with Tony La Rusa and he said Pujols was willing to take 60-65 million less to stay in St. Louis. The Cardinals just wouldnt reach that 185-190 million over 10 year mark so Pujols went for the most cash. Here is the link to the podcast: It's under Gary and Larry Podcasts on 1/5 They start talking about it around the 2:45 mark.

http://www.knbr.com/Podcasts/tabid/1065/Default.aspx

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If they would have made a strong offer up front they wouldn't have needed the chance to counter. They had more than ample time to offer a deal with his desired terms and chose not to.
Look, St. Louis probably knows exactly how old he actually is, and chances are that is 35-36. Even if he is actually 32 years old, the end of this contract is pretty ugly. Do you really want to be paying $25 million to a 39, 40, 41 and 42 year old player in the post-steroid era?

I expect him to be the all-time home run king and get to 3500 hits. He is going to be like Paul Molitor and age well, but not $25 million a year well.
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Look, St. Louis probably knows exactly how old he actually is, and chances are that is 35-36. Even if he is actually 32 years old, the end of this contract is pretty ugly. Do you really want to be paying $25 million to a 39, 40, 41 and 42 year old player in the post-steroid era?

I expect him to be the all-time home run king and get to 3500 hits. He is going to be like Paul Molitor and age well, but not $25 million a year well.
I don't think that they were wrong to not offer him just merely making the point that if St. Louis brought a strong offer to the table they wouldn't need a chance to "counteroffer". I agree that there has to be some skepticism about his actual age and no doubt that there was a reason probably beyond the monetary aspect why St. Louis didn't pay him what he was asking. I don't believe that his contract will end well either. Look at how Arod's deal looks 4 years in to his 10 year deal.
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