Cardinals Exercise Pujols’ 2011 Option

The Cardinals officially announced their decision to exercise Albert Pujols’ 2011 option, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As anticipated, they chose to pay the first baseman $16MM instead of buying him out for $5MM.

The perennial MVP candidate led the National League in homers (42) for a second consecutive season in 2010. He also batted .312/.414/.596 and played in all but three of his team's games. Since arriving in the major leagues a decade ago, Pujols has played in 143 games or more every season without ever batting less than .312, posting an OBP below .394 or posting a slugging average below .561.

After 2011, the $100MM deal Pujols signed in 2004 will expire and he's scheduled to hit the open market. The Cardinals may look to extend the first baseman this winter and, if they do reach an agreement, they could re-negotiate his 2011 salary. If not, Pujols will likely be a bargain once again.

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  1. Shocking…

  2. HerbertAnchovy 5 years ago

    I don’t think anyone will be shocked by this.

    • Roland 5 years ago

      You obviously wouldn’t know sarcasm if it punched you in the dick!

  3. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    Didn’t see that coming…

  4. rzepczynski 5 years ago


  5. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    7yr/193million..average of 27.5million a season. sound fair? any more years and your just asking for trouble, rather let him walk then get A-rod cash.

    • HerbertAnchovy 5 years ago

      Sounds fair to me, but I bet he’ll get more. I’m really curious to see, as many other people, what the market figures Pujols is really worth.

    • I would think 7/$175 would get it done. Or maybe it should unless Pujols is intent on becoming highest paid or something like that. I agree that they should limit the years, I think the Yankees are going to end up regretting giving ARod so many years. Maybe that would have worked before steroid testing but the landscape has changed for older players. I don’t doubt that Albert is clean so there’s just no real way of knowing when he’s going to hit the wall. Just on talent alone he could still be productive long after most guys fade away but I don’t know if anyone wants to be paying near $30 million a year for a superstar who’s only playing at a mortal level.

    • The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

      193 million? Maybe at least 250 million

    • No it doesn’t sound fair, He’s gonna get a lot more the Joe Mauer got, Joe got an 8/183 contract, Pujols isn’t gonna sign for less then $250 million.

  6. Well there’s a shocker!

  7. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Do the Cardinals have any idea what they are thinking?

  8. Holy… I had no idea he’d never OBP’d below .394 and never slugged below .561. That’s unreal.

  9. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    And I would have let him and his career 1.050 OPS walk

  10. drodd 5 years ago

    Cubs need a first baseman. What would it take for the red birds to trade him to the Cubbies?

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago


      vitter, castro, cashner, gorzelanny, marmol, and throw in Hak Ju Lee for good measures.

      in other words, the heaven, sky, and earth.

    • motiger68 5 years ago

      I don’t believe he will become a Cubbie because Pujols stated he would like to finish his career out as a Cardinal but if Larussa doesn’t come back then I don’t know what is going to happen. Time will only tell and have the whole winter to make a decision.

  11. The Cardinals don’t have their priorities sorted. They need to sign a stud outfielder (Randy Winn) before signing Pujols. FAIL 😛

  12. O971 5 years ago

    Albert Pujols is good.

  13. Just_MLB 5 years ago

    Albert Pujols = 2012 Boston Red Sox 1st Baseman.
    275 mil / 10 years
    with incentives that can bring the contract up to 300 mil ( all-time HR champ/WS MVP/Regular Season MVP )

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      i hope the wheel falls off that bandwagon your riding.

      • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

        Eh, it’s a 100 to 1 shot but there’s still the dream.

    • stl_cards16 5 years ago

      I’m not going to say Albert won’t leave St. Louis. But IF he does, it will be for AT LEAST 30mm a year garaunteed!

      • Just_MLB 5 years ago

        how much do u think the cards are going to offer?

        • stl_cards16 5 years ago

          I think the Cards would be willing to go close to 30 a year, but I don’t think it will come to that. I think 8 years 200million gets it done. I think 25 a year he will be happy with to stay home. He may want 10 years though. If he hits the open market, you better at least be prepared to go over 8yr/240mm or you might as well just sit back and watch.

          • Just_MLB 5 years ago

            hmmm…i wonder would going 30 mil a year affect their ability to re-sign
            Wainwright/Molina. also, do they have any prospects that can play 1B if
            Albert were to leave ?

  14. Guys… Doc H. just put a new meaning into the term “Doctober”.

  15. GeronimoJansen 5 years ago

    $16 million for Pujols is such a joke/ridiculous steal.

  16. roomwithamoose 5 years ago

    I’m just curious I know Pujols has endorsement deals, but does he get a substantial amount of them? Trying to compare to jeter in THAT SENSE. Like if he gets 10 mil yrly from them shouldn’t he take that into account while resigning? well i get “only $25 mil” but my endorsements make it add up to 40 a year (lowballing). I am hoping Pujols remains a cardinal for the duration of his career. His talent’s otherworldly, but his marketability I think lies with him staying in St. Louis anyway, people will have him in commercials regardless, but reaction to it would be different. If anyone is familiar with that situation can you reply with that info?

    • Stl_Great 5 years ago

      Alot of his endorsements are coming from St.Louis Businesses, If he leaves, doesn’t matter, He will still get deals. He’s Albert Pujols.


      His Wheatie commercial is great.

  17. Wilsonl 5 years ago

    Alert Pieholes

  18. DrHMD 5 years ago

    Just ask ALbert how much he wants and for how long and give it to him.

  19. Offer him 10% of the Cardinals.

  20. The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

    This thread is hilarious with the numbers/demands everyone is throwing around

  21. Roland 5 years ago

    Didn’t see this coming!

  22. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    First born son? Now you’re just being greedy.

  23. ellisburks 5 years ago

    How about just first born child?

  24. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Are you on drugs or just stupid?

  25. stl_cards16 5 years ago

    I don’t believe that at all. He’s just really different than most people. I could be wrong, but I don’t think it’s just about the money. He wants to stay in St. Louis and he wants to win championships. We will see though

  26. Andy_B 5 years ago

    Arod isn’t the problem, players can accept that the Yankees over pay, it’s the ridiculous 25 million a year that Ryan Howard got that’s the problem. Before that happened I would have said 8 years 200, now I’m thinking more like 8 years 240, possibly 10 250

  27. stl_cards16 5 years ago

    Yes, it’s easy to think that way. And honestly I’m one of the Cardinal fans that is not too concerned about if he leaves. If he does, he does. BUT

    Albert has an autistic daughter. He himself is responsible for some of the best facilities in the world being built right in St. Louis. People that have been through what he has tend to see life a little different than most. That girl is his world, and you see it day in and day out at the ballpark. For an extra 5 million (or so) a year, when he has already made enough to secure generations of his family, do you think he wants to make her move to a new city, to new facilities, to a new life when she has already been through so much? He is from Kansas City, he loves his home. Missouri is his home. That is the biggest reason I believe he takes a discount.

    Also, he runs St. Louis. He is on his way to being one of the greatest Cardinals in history. He respects the game and the great Cardinals of the past. When he talks about Stan Musial, Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson he almost seems giddy just to be a part of it. He can go to New York(or wherever) and be the man, but nothing like in St. Louis. He will stay and have his statue out front with the great Cardinal legends that are forever part of the orginization.

  28. stl_cards16 5 years ago

    Sorry about your uncle. And like I said I could be wrong. I just see him day in and day out and I really think he is sincere. He could move on, but I believe he will take a discount. And lets leave Lebron out of this, lol, I think it’s safe to say that is a completely different type of person. Also he did not leave for money reasons, he went to be able to play with friends (Yadi and Albert are best friends). Either way we will see what happens and life will go on. My biggest thing is if the Cards can’t afford him, they need to figure it out this offseason while they can get a good return for him. Just don’t let him walk away for nothing. That is my biggest fear.

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