Cardinals ‘Hopeful’ About Extending Pujols

Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he is “hopeful” that the Cardinals can extend Albert Pujols by the time the season starts. The sides are not that far along yet, but they have had “discussions” and will continue to talk. They re-started extension talks last week.

DeWitt says the sides don’t necessarily have to agree to a deal by the start of Spring Training. However, Pujols has said that he doesn’t want to negotiate in-season. I suggested earlier today that it wouldn't be unreasonable for Pujols to compare himself to Alex Rodriguez, who signed the biggest contract in baseball history three offseasons ago.

DeWitt said he doesn’t expect “major” upgrades to his team’s roster between now and the start of the regular season. The Cardinals are not likely to add expensive position players, so Michael Young won't be going to St. Louis. He probably won't be going anywhere, as the Rangers have told him he's staying put.

34 Responses to Cardinals ‘Hopeful’ About Extending Pujols Leave a Reply

  1. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Kinda curious what Pujols wants and what the Cards are willing to pay.

    • nictonjr 5 years ago

      Not sure, but 7/200 seems to be a good landing spot. Highest AAV in history and shorter term discount for the Cards…

    • I’m thinking 10/$300, even.

      • Threat_Level_RedSox 5 years ago

        have to wonder with all of his approaching milestones if he will have incentives that will take it up to the $350mil range.

  2. East Coast Bias 5 years ago

    Ten bucks the Cards get this done before Spring Training.

    • The_BiRDS 5 years ago

      20 says they get it done this week

      • Green_Monster 5 years ago

        30 says the get it done today

        • DJGreen47 5 years ago

          40 says its already done

          • 50 says they find a hidden clause in his previous contract that already has him signed through 2040

          • chaifetz10 5 years ago

            I’ll take you up on that….you can mail me a check.

          • nictonjr 5 years ago

            They are paying him thru 2029 with the deferments of his last contract…

          • jaryl612 5 years ago

            50 they’ll call up Doc Brown and sign it last week!

  3. Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

    Posts like these are dumb. Who wouldn’t be “HOPEFUL” to extend a future HOFer and the team franchise player?

  4. Mikey94z28 5 years ago

    It will be done and announced at the winter warmup.

  5. grownice 5 years ago

    lets all hope he goes to free agency so its hilariously entertaining!

    • Craig Cutler 5 years ago

      You know what would be even more entertaining than that? You in the bathroom at San Quentin State Prison.

  6. johnsilver 5 years ago

    Let’s get a steinbrenner involved so we can have an owner bidding against themselves if he becomes a FA.

    • woadude 5 years ago

      He unfortunately is no longer with us, oh you mean his sons? the ones that couldn’t grasp a single front of the line FA this year? and the one that has more interest in horses? sure, good luck with that.

      • LifeLongYankeeFan 5 years ago

        Yeah the ones that only went after one fa and didn’t sign him but if they did trade for him probably would have had a good shot at signing him. Just because they don’t sign one fa doesn’t mean they won’t sign others they’re after despite what you may think.

      • johnsilver 5 years ago

        Other than Lee and Crawford there was little IMO that was worthy of looking at for the $$$ cost vs what can be expected out of them. None of the available front line starters other than Lee are/were worthy of more than a #5 on a contender like the Yankees, a trade perhaps and it’s not too late for that.

        Pujols if he becomes a FA would not shock me to see NY bid on regardless. Move tex or him to DH, whether or not both have superb gloves and have a rh/lh bat combo that kills the Ortiz/Ramirez combo from 2004-2007, they can afford it and make a trade for a starter, or even move on one at the deadline.

        Plenty more money coming off the Yank’s books next year also if they can force themselves to cut ties with Posada amongst others.

  7. Jesse 5 years ago

    He’ll probably make 70 mil a year for 4-5

  8. If I was the GM, I’d say, “How does a 3 year $15 mil deal sound, kid? Oh, I thought we were talking Rasmus”

  9. fasfsfadfaa 5 years ago

    I’m thinking STL signs him for $1 billion a year for 50-60 years.

  10. woadude 5 years ago

    Albert Pujols will sign for 10 years at 31 million a year, which brings it to 310,000,000 dollars and a part owner of the Peace arch.

  11. optionn 5 years ago

    The Cardinals would be prudent to let him go elsewhere. His youth is behind him now and certainly nothing but injuries and reduced performance will arise in future years.

  12. DK57 5 years ago

    i can’t fathom a guess about the contract size and incentives, cause no one can, this is the best player in the game on the verge of a new contract. all i know is that contract IS going to get done.

  13. I hope he goes home next year and signs with the Royals for 5 years $30 mi.l

  14. CardsFan4Ever 5 years ago

    All i know is that if Pujols walks and all we get is a pair of draft picks, then Mozeliak should be fired. It will be much easier to swallow losing Pujols if we were to trade him at the deadline for a package of prospects. That way, you have a better idea of what your getting instead of waiting to see whos available during the draft. While Pujols deserves to be the highest paid player in the game, is it really worth it to sign the best player in the game but be unwilling to surround him with major talent? Granted, right now there is a good team around him but once we pay him (assuming he does get more than A-Rod), what happens when Wainwright becomes a FA, or Molina, or Carpenter? Or how will we be able to go out and get impact players on the market? Im glad i have nothing to do with the negotiations. One thing i will say tho is that im a Cardinals fan first, and a Pujols fan second so if letting Pujols go or trading him is the best route for the organization, then so be it, tho it pains me to say that.

  15. The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

    10/ years 350 mil

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