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We are but a couple weeks away from Albert Pujols’ self-imposed contract extension deadline, the start of Spring Training. Pujols is a free agent after the 2011 season, and if we are to avoid a LeBron James-esque Decision next Winter, Pujols and the Cards will need to work something out soon.

But to date, things aren’t looking good.

Contract talks are fluid, and a breakthrough toward a record extension might be only one phone call away. But the Cardinals are balking at Pujols’ price, sources say, increasing the possibility that Pujols will become a free agent at the end of the 2011 season.

Pujols, 31, wants a contract that reflects his status as the game’s premier player, one that likely would vault him ahead of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who signed a 10-year, $275 million, free-agent deal at the same age.Sources paint an increasingly pessimistic view of the negotiations.

While the Cardinals are making a sincere attempt to complete a deal, they are not in as strong a financial position as other clubs in larger markets. The team is frustrated that Pujols’ aggressive negotiating stance does not match his public declarations of loyalty. FOX Sports.

Pujols has been seeking a 10-year, $300 million deal, according to many. In my view, on the open market, Pujols could get either 10 years or $30 million per year, but not both. His apparent desire to achieve one of those two benchmarks is hampering discussions with the Cardinals, and puts the team in a difficult position: commit $50 million per season for almost a decade to just two players (Pujols and Matt Holiday), or let the face of their franchise walk (perhaps to their primary rival).

I said it before and I’ll say it again: the longer this drags out, it’s only good news as far as Cubs fans are concerned. Call is sCardenfreude.

  • greg

    If he ended up on the Cubs I would be so filled with sCardenfreude. What do you think the Cards fans would do in his first return to St. Louis? They gave Holliday a standing ovation after he caught that ball with his crotch so they’d probably throw a parade.

    • Ace

      I would think first return would be boos, and second return would be cheers.

  • art

    I agree, no one player is worth that much. teams (Rangers/Cubs) who sign silly contracts end regretting it later. when he got here and asked about big signings, Ricketts said, something like, you can sign 2-3 very good players and under 30 for that kind of money. I believe it was in reference to Hendry’s bad signing of Soriano and others.

    agree he would help any team.

    • KB

      Here’s where I disagree; not all gigantic contracts are busts. If you sign a TRUE superstar, he’ll probably live up to the money. The 3 biggest contracts of all-time:
      A-Rod, Jeter, Manny. All three played magnificently throughout their deals. Why? Because they’re first-ballot HOF-type talents.

      Is Soriano? No.
      Is Pujols? Yes.

  • savant

    I have no idea how this is going to work out, but I sure am going to have fune wearing Pujols #5 Cubs jersey at busch this summer.

    • Cardfan

      whether you have fune or fun, I can’t wait to see the picture!

    • http://yahoo dyno don

      fuck albert lat him walk he cost to much let the cubs pay it he has a hurt leg or foot he wont last 10 years cya albert we pay it at the gate

  • Nick “MF” Anderson

    Dyno Don you can suck a f****** c**k! Albert Pujols has proven himself as the top baseball player in the last 10 years averaging a little over 40 home runs and around 115 RBI’s a year! he deservers any amount of money because he contributes so much to the team! so go f*** yourself!

    • Andrew

      Classy!

    • Ari Gold

      Seriously. You responded like that to a post from 8 months ago.

      • Internet Random

        The Cards fans don’t read or write so fast.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Dude, you better watch it. In 8 months, you are gonna be soooooo burned.

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