Is the Pujols/Cardinals Marriage on the Rocks?

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While I’ve been busy moaning about Andy Pettitte and the state of the Yankees’ starting rotation, I’ve completely neglected the little drama happening in the middle of the country where Albert Pujols continues not to have a new deal with the Cardinals. According to Ken Rosenthal, the detente won’t become Jeter-like in terms of antagonism….in his opinion.

“This will not be Derek Jeter, Part II. Pujols is in the prime of his career, not nearing the end. He remains under contract for 2011 with a full no-trade clause. The Cardinals will not snipe at him. He will not snipe at them.

Oh, really? Did anyone think the Jeter negotiations would be anything less than civil? Tough, yes, but not unpleasant. My point is that despite Pujols’ sunny demeanor and the Cardinals’ high regard for him, business is business and things have a way of turning ugly when it comes to dollars and cents (or, in this case, millions and millions). I hope for Cardinals fans (that would be you, Jeff) that we’ll be reading a happy announcement soon and all will be well in the heartland.

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I dont think Pujols will up in New York. But I do think he will end up some place else besides St. Luis..

He definitely won’t end up on the Yankees, inthewords. Mark Teixeira is our first baseman for a loooong time. But you think he’ll actually leave St. Louis? Hard for me to picture the Cards letting him go.

I really hope that the Cardinals find a way to keep Albert in St. Louis. Like Stan “The Man” Musial, Pujols is Mr. Cardinal and deserves to stay that way…

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

I agree, Scott. As Ken Rosenthal said, losing Pujols would be worse for the Cardinals than it would be for Albert but it’s in both parties’ interest to get the deal done and avoid a season full of speculation.

As a Cubs fan, you know that I hope Pujols finds success with another team.

—Mark Gauthier

http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

Oh Jane it hoits it hoits!!! Been keeping me up at night… I totally understand what you were going through with Jeet, which is why we’re all hoping this gets done before the season starts.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
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The Cardinals front office would probably love to put a hit squad out on the geniuses who gave Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth those ridiculous contracts; before that, Pujols was likely to be reasonable given the Cardinals financial circumstances and wanting to win; now he might want to get paid—-at least substantially more than those inferior players.
That said, I doubt he’s leaving the Cardinals. Ever.
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I always forget that the Cubs and Cardinals are arch rivals, Mark. Of course you’d rather see Albert elsewhere.

I bet it hoits, Jeff. At least nobody’s calling Albert’s skills into question, as with Jeet, and it’s strictly a matter of money. But the Cardinals are going to have to pay – big time.

You’re right about those other contracts, Paul. Crazy. And there’s no comparison between Howard and Werth in terms of Pujols’ talent. I’m sure they’ll work it out, but there could be twists and turns along the way.

I just can’t picture Pujols in any other uniform and, ultimately, I don’t think he wants to wear any other uniform. I think the Cardinals know how much they need Pujols and will get the deal done. As for the potential for this to get heated? Wow, Rosenthal makes the sniping that took place during Jeter’s contract negotiations sound like it was a foregone conclusion when I think it was a surprise to everyone, including Jeter. I hope this one doesn’t get heated, but I suppose anything is possible where big money is concerned.
– Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

I think that’s what worries people, Kristen – that anything is possible when there’s big money on the table. Negotiations can take a strange turn, but in this case I’m with you. Pujols and the Cards will work it out.

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