Heyman On Fielder, Pujols, Adrian

Some tidbits from Jon Heyman on the early edition of MLB Tonight on the MLB Network,..

  • Heyman doesn't envision the Brewers getting a deal done with Prince Fielder.  While he was complimentary towards club owner Mark Attanasio, he doesn't see Milwaukee ponying up the $25MM a year that it will likely take to hang on to him.  This means that they'll have to trade him at the end of next year or let walk as a free agent.
  • Meanwhile, he believes that Albert Pujols is now in line to receive a contract worth $30MM per season, perhaps up to eight years.  The two sides tabled negotiations in March but will resume after the season.
  • Even though the Padres are currently in first place in the NL West, Heyman believes that the club will deal Adrian Gonzalez.  Heyman says it's unlikely that San Diego will allow their payroll to balloon in great excess of $50MM and therefore a re-up of Gonzalez won't fit in the budget.


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26 Comments on "Heyman On Fielder, Pujols, Adrian"


TytheSportsGuy
5 years 3 months ago

Once Albert re-signs the Cardinals will open the checkbook for other players.

fitz
5 years 3 months ago

Because they will have a ton of money left after giving him $30m/yr..

Ferrariman
5 years 3 months ago

im a diehard cardinal fan, but if pujols wants 30million a year, than i won’t miss him one bit. “hey cya, thanks for the great 12 years. Good luck with whatever team gives you 300million contract for your declining years”

so many better ways to spend 30million than just one player. even if it is albert pujols.

Taskmaster75
5 years 3 months ago

Wrong. There is no other player worth 30 million dollars, Albert is worth it, sabremetrically and financially. You underestimate how much money he makes for that franchise. If he leaves, ticket sales PLUMMET, and the city probably riots.

John Mozeliak is aware that losing Pujols will probably cost him his job.

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 3 months ago

Albert is worth 100 Million a Year for what he does for St.Louis. His Pujols Family Foundation, his play, and his heart all make him a key asset to the city. Also he will replace Stan the Man when he passes away which will hopefully be in a long time.

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 3 months ago

You must not be a Cards fan if you know how rich Bill DeWitt is, but he chooses not to spend most of his money. He hasn’t built ballpark village, but he sure as hell better re–sign Albert or all hell is gonna break loose in StL.

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 3 months ago

Think how many will get season tickets when he re-signs….

chaifetz10
5 years 3 months ago

If by open the pocket you mean extending some of their young players like Rasmus or Molina (who already has his contract extended) then I agree.

If you think they’re going to go out and try to bid for guys like Crawford or Werth in 2011 or Cano, Hill, or Rollins in 2012, then I disagree.

The Cardinals are going to try to keep the core they have. Why overspend on Free Agents if you have young players to compliment your all stars?

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 3 months ago

I just want them to keep all their supporting cast and perhaps sign a new 2B.

chaifetz10
5 years 3 months ago

Agreed. Although I think that a young player such as Descalso or Solano could come up and fill that position with youth. Just another position where we could go from within and save some cash for Pujols.

Taskmaster75
5 years 3 months ago

Yeah, I agree with you. It will probably end up being Descalso. If only we coulda grabbed Kelly Johnson for Rick Ankiel a while back ­čśŤ

5 years 3 months ago

Hill has very friendly team options that keep him in Toronto through 2014

bobbybaseball
5 years 3 months ago

Albert will get his money and it has nothing to do with Ryan Howard or anyone else, he’s in his own class. Personally, I think he’s older than his listed age and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s on PEDs but just based on his stats and listed age, he will command 8 years, 240 million.

And no way Fielder gets 25 million per.

drumzalicious
5 years 3 months ago

They should structure his contract with incentives in his declining years to protect themselves. So 30 mil for a few years would be cool then as he enters what would be his declining years then make his contract something like 20mil + 8 mil in incentives that should be easy to obtain if he keeps the same level of play. (HRs, RBI’s, etc

beaverflea
5 years 3 months ago

I think ultimatley the Cardinals will resign Pujols. I wouldn’t be surprised if we were blind-sided mid-season with a deal ala Ryan Howard. They may say they dont want to negotiate till after the season but I have a feeling thats just to get the press and public off his back. Im quite sure engotiations are always ongoing lol. You can’t base Albert on anyone else. He is by far in a class of his own. Even if he starts to rapidly decline, there is a history between him and the Cardinals that they both should honor. Sure he could command Top dollar on the Free agent market. But do you really think he will make a team that much better? The Cards are really not too shabby monetary wise, not as bad as they make it to be. I think dewitt had a plan all along for not developing Ballpark Village, It costs money. period. Money that he needs to secure the Cards best Player long term. Any team that invests 300 milion in one player will have difficulty putting together a supporting cast. Even if he goes (which I doubt) The Cardinals will still compete.

crashcameron
5 years 3 months ago

maybe baseball owners hang around all those high flyin’ banker/loan types:
“don’t worry fells. spend away. there will always be somebody there to bail you out.”

the Howard deal and their own Holliday package puts the Cardinals in a no-way-out situation

too bad, because they have been one of the teams in recent years that have gone about it in the right ways

Yankee_Baal
5 years 3 months ago

I heard sometime this offseason that the new Padres ownership was going to steadily increase payroll in the upcoming years. I think that if they go to playoffs this season and the next, there’s an outside chance that Adrian Gonz├ílez stays and even signs an extension with them. It’s slim, but they’re not going to just let their best player go if they are winning.

5 years 3 months ago

Good points. The salary isn’t ballooning to 50M, in fact the way it’s lined up right now the Padres would field a similar team for less money next year. AG is only on the books for roughly 6M in 2011, which would mean the team wouldn’t have to take a significant boost until 2012.

5 years 3 months ago

Good points. The salary isn’t ballooning to 50M, in fact the way it’s lined up right now the Padres would field a similar team for less money next year. AG is only on the books for roughly 6M in 2011, which would mean the team wouldn’t have to take a significant boost until 2012.

Ferrariman
5 years 3 months ago

as good as pujols is….il pass. maybe if a year or two was taken off. if pujols wants a-rod money, he can get it elsewhere-atleast in my book. give him the same contract howard got except for 29million/yr. 5 year/145million. we keep his productive years. he gets paid. everyone’s happy.

Ferrariman
5 years 3 months ago

To bad it violates the rules for a player to own a percentage of a team. Or get a cut of the gate reciepts.

chaifetz10
5 years 3 months ago

Pin Striped panties in a twist???

Dude, I’m a St. Louis Fan. Check it out…Chaifetz stands for Chaifetz Arena, located in St. Louis. And you definitely must not have read what I posted. I never said they would sign any of those players. I actually made the case that they shouldn’t even try to sign any of those players. Please read before you accuse me of being a Yankee fan who wants every FA on his team.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

Crawford can stay ?

umm…ur talkin about the same Tampa Bay city that couldnt sell out a WORLD SERIES GAME…ur talking about the same Tampa Bay city that the rays had to BEG TO COME TO THE GAME…and this is when they were in first place 2 years ago…

im sorry…but Tampa does NOT deserve to keep top talent if they dont come and support their team…

5 years 3 months ago

Offended.

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

u want ur team to have a chance of keeping quality players…support ur team
and come to the game. if u dont come to the game, u have no right to
complain when the yanks/sox snatch up ur homegrown players and give them the
loot…why not…they have fans that come to the game…plain and simple..

link to espn.go.com

5 years 3 months ago

Good Points, but it’s not quite that simple. AG the last two seasons has hit under .250 at home and less than 15 HRs in petco each of the past two seasons. The Padres were looking more in the 15M range before Howard signed and AG has stated himself that he has no interest in taking a discount.