Pujols’ Agent Sets Deadline For Extension Talks

6:24pm: ESPN's Buster Olney says (via Twitter) that if a contract can not be worked out by the deadline, Pujols "is intent on testing the free agent market." SI.com's Jon Heyman spoke to one executive that thinks Pujols would get 20% less than expected on the open market because big spenders like the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, and Tigers don't figure to enter the bidding given their first base situation (Twitter link).

Olney speculates that the Cubs, Angels, Dodgers, and Giants could be interested.

1:41pm: Dan Lozano, the agent for Albert Pujols, notified the Cardinals that Spring Training is the deadline for a new deal to be struck, GM John Mozeliak told Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via Twitter). Earlier this week, Cards chariman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said that he was "hopeful" that the club can extend Pujols by Opening Day.

It's difficult to find a dead-on comparison for the stellar slugger, but our own Ben Nicholson-Smith suggested that Pujols could compare himself to Alex Rodriguez who is earning $27.5MM per season over the life of his newest contract.  We don't know much about the inner-workings of the talks as it is, but earlier today Mozeliak vowed to keep his lips sealed on the matter.


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165 Comments on "Pujols’ Agent Sets Deadline For Extension Talks"


John LeClair
4 years 6 months ago

I Bet a contract extension doesn’t happen and they end up resigning him at the beginning of Free Agency next year for 8 years 230 Million with options to make it 10 years at 280 Million Dollars.

KenJr1918
4 years 6 months ago

Uh-oh.

churumba
4 years 6 months ago

I say Yankees offer him a bazillion dollars over 3yrs. Book it!

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

If I were Pujols, I wouldn’t take a cent under a gajillion.

4 years 6 months ago

Yeah, because they don’t have a 1B.

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

I think he was being facetious.

4 years 6 months ago

Just realized that…I just saw Yankees and didn’t read it through.

dirtydez
4 years 6 months ago

DH

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

Good luck trying to convince two GG players to leave their position.

myname_989
4 years 6 months ago

$300 million is a good start.

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

I highly doubt Pujols would be the odd man out in this case.

myname_989
4 years 6 months ago

I was just joking around, but when a player of Pujols’ caliber hits the market, it’s hard to see the Yankees not being involved. Even if that was the case, I’m not so sure that Teixeira would mind DH’ing to play with Pujols.

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

Perhaps, but you would be limiting Teixeira’s value by only having him hit most of the time. Realistically, I can’t see any other way for it to work though, an actual shift to third or the outfield could be dangerous, there’s no way of knowing.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

Teixeira is the best defensive 1b in all of MLB, no way he DH’s

myname_989
4 years 6 months ago

I’m just saying that if the Yankees really wanted to sign Pujols, Teixeira wouldn’t even be a factor. I’m not suggesting they should, just that if they wanted to offer the greatest player in baseball top dollar, they would, and the’d make something work.

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

Pujols is comparable defensively, and don’t forget, it would be him you’re trying to woo.

Pete
4 years 6 months ago

except that isnt true. tex stinks on defense these days. its not 2004 anymore.

4 years 6 months ago

Knowing the Yankees they’ll sign Pujols anyways and trade Tex eating 80% of his salary.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

Teixeira is the best defensive 1b in all of MLB, no way he DH’s

cayanksfan
4 years 6 months ago

I think they’ll resign him but this could mean a Chris Carpenter trade especially after the Ian Snell signing. Joba for Carpenter?

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

lol this comment makes no sense. Ian Snell on a minor league contract is going to be the subsequent heir to Chris Carpenter? sorry, that was dumb. Like saying Sergio Mitre is going to replace CC Sabathia if he opts out.

cayanksfan
4 years 6 months ago

Stockpiling arms makes no sense? Who said Ian Snell was the heir apparent to Carpenter? Read pissboy, read.

TDKnies
4 years 6 months ago

When you imply that they can trade Carpenter since they signed Snell, it really looks like you’re calling him his heir.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

i think he did and is just trying to make us look dumb and cover up his blunder. Oh well, at least he tried.

cayanksfan
4 years 6 months ago

Really? Ferrariman? Did I say Heir? This isn’t the first time Carpenter’s name has come up as trade bait due to Pujols expected extension!!! Snell was considered a rotation guy for the Yankees last year, why couldn’t he be a number five for the Cards? Again, read the comment jackwagon! Oh and give Tom Sellek my best…Higgins too!

TDKnies
4 years 6 months ago

If we used the word “replacement” or “substitute” would it make you feel better? It doesn’t change the fact that you said they can trade Carpenter seeing as they recently signed Snell.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

i believe you did when you said ” this could mean a Chris Carpenter trade especially after the Ian Snell signing”. fool….how else is someone suppose to interpret this? Obviously your saying since they signed the all powerful Ian Snell, Carpenter might be on the block. Makes perfect sense, no? maybe you meant to say something else, fine, but that isn’t what you wrote.

so read again pissboy, read.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

Joba for Kyle Lohse makes sense!

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

if your on drugs

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

if your on drugs

Mitch_Cole173
4 years 6 months ago

Yankees should take nothing below Pujols and Carpenter for Joba

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

What are the Cards waiting for, sign Pujols already! 8/220.

bas_in_denmark
4 years 6 months ago

Does anyone know if it’s the beginning or the end of spring training? Spring training is so long that it isn’t really a deadline. It’s kinda like saying that summer is the deadline.

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

Feb 18th is when spring training starts. That is the deadline.

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

Feb 18th is when spring training starts. That is the deadline.

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

I think your right. The Cards could trade Carpenter to the Yanks for Joba and one of their B prospect pitchers.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

or they can not trade there #2 pitcher and co-ace for fodder and make a run at the playoffs…

4 years 6 months ago

That’s what I would do if I were the Cards. Makes perfect sense to trade a former Cy Young winner who is still at the top of his game for a guy who has never shown the ability to go more than 5 innings in a game. I’m sure that Cards are discussing it as we speak.

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

If anyone can mold Joba its Dave Duncan. The Cards may not have the money to sign Pujols and keep Carpenter. He might be expendible

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

if he is, they can get a lot more than Joba and a B prospect. Sorry, Joba isn’t an elite trade chip.

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

He doesn’t have to be Carpenter is a salary dump if he is traded. Plus you would only have him for one season.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

Joba might be enough to fetch Kyle Lohse!

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

Forget Joba.. Carp can become a free agent and we will sign Mark Buehrle at a discount.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

Jobs fir Kyle Lohse might work!

tank1976
4 years 6 months ago

This should have been done 3 yrs. ago. It is becoming a bigger deal than it should have been.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 6 months ago

I wonder if The Cardinals will seek differed payments in any deal to allow them to stay competitve. 10/300 if all incentives are met.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

this really isn’t news. Pujols has already said that he doesn’t want to negotiate during Spring training/in season. Now his agent is just confirming it.

godzillacub
4 years 6 months ago

Oh, I REALLY hope Pujols doesn’t resign with the Cardinals. It’ll be fun to watch and mirror the LeBron situation in that money WON’T be the issue. Pujols will get blank checks from lots of teams. The Cubs could sell him on being the one to deliver a championship . . .

Sorry, I was dreaming for a second there.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

Pujols already has a ring.

godzillacub
4 years 6 months ago

Yep. But Chicago doesn’t. The sell it to Pujols like the Red Sox sold it to Schilling. Pujols could be the one to deliver the championship to the Cubs. Something no number of Hall of Famers could do. It’s a good line, at the very least.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

pujols is a baseball player, not god.

baseballz
4 years 6 months ago

Thats silly, i’ve prayed to him everynight for the last 5 years and the devil still hasn’t got me. Every year I organize a “Pujols House”, where people go around different scenes in an old barn showing the various mircales Pujols has performed (hitting .300 every year doesn’t ‘just happen! Resurecting baseball from the dead in St Louis’) What has your god done for you lately?

Stl_Great
4 years 6 months ago

Baseball was never dead in St Louis, Do you even know what happened with Mark Mcgwire just a few years before Albert came to the majors.

MaineSox
4 years 6 months ago

Mark who?

wickedkevin
4 years 6 months ago

Mark Clemens I think…

Dollar Seats
4 years 6 months ago

Androstenedione.

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

There is no hope for the cubs.. they spend more and more yet get worse and worse

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

There is no hope for the cubs.. they spend more and more yet get worse and worse

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

Ya you were. I dont think Pujols would sign with the cubs even if they offered him double than the Cards offer.

You must be from Cleveland

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

Ya you were. I dont think Pujols would sign with the cubs even if they offered him double than the Cards offer.

You must be from Cleveland

4 years 6 months ago

If you’re a Card fan, at this point, you almost have to be saying to yourselves “just give him what he wants and get it over with”. He’s going to get it anyway. Get it done and over with.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 6 months ago

In the Shadow of A-Rods new deal? maybe. A suppose it could of been for the same amount more years. But the question is does a-rods steriod admition make Pujols that much more attractive in terms of annual value? With all the incentives A-rod got for reaching homerun milestones, Pujols should get more right?.

vin050
4 years 6 months ago

no, they gave arod the contract based on his value before the admission

Mr. Pinches
4 years 6 months ago

Well with Ortiz likely gone after this season the DH spot in Boston will be open.

So if Pujols hits Free Agency the Yankees HAVE To bid on him to keep him away from Boston. Boston in turn will have to bid on him to run up the price which will already be astronomical.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 6 months ago

As a red sox fan the idea of a rotating DH-1B of Pujols and Gonzalez would be great, Pujol’s has a carear 10.8 defensive WAR and a feilding percentiage .994. hes on pace to become only the seventh player ever to have a carear defensive over 20 and could even pass Cardinal great Ozzie Smith (21.60). If he didnt care about fielding he would’nt Pujols.

ugotrpk3113
4 years 6 months ago

The Red Sox already have one player earning more than 17 mil a year and more than likely a second once they finalize the Gonzalez deal. Add the Lackey extension to that mix also.

There’s no chance they sign Pujols. Let’s just nip that in the butt before the crazy Red Sox fans run with it.

Yastrzemski
4 years 6 months ago

I’m not saying that the Red Sox will sign him, I bet you they take a serious look at him. As will the Yankees, Tigers and any other big spending AL team no matter who they have playing 1B. When you’re talking about the best offensive player in the game. No offense, but I think it’s kinda stupid to say “no chance”.

ugotrpk3113
4 years 6 months ago

If you look at the current long term deals they have, plus the arbitration eligible players that they may or may not lock up, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense financially to throw all your eggs into that basket.

Their current model is working fantastic. They have some large ‘risk’ free agent signings, some arbitration eligibles, and some young players locked up. I don’t think adding a contract that could eat up about 1/4 of your available salary is smart business…

ugotrpk3113
4 years 6 months ago

The Red Sox already have one player earning more than 17 mil a year and more than likely a second once they finalize the Gonzalez deal. Add the Lackey extension to that mix also.

There’s no chance they sign Pujols. Let’s just nip that in the butt before the crazy Red Sox fans run with it.

ugotrpk3113
4 years 6 months ago

*sigh*

No. Please stop. Not happening.

Mr. Pinches
4 years 6 months ago

yeah,read it again. This time try some reading comprehension.

I never said it would be pujols going to the RedSox.

ugotrpk3113
4 years 6 months ago

OK. Just reread it. Your idea is still not happening.

ugotrpk3113
4 years 6 months ago

*sigh*

No. Please stop. Not happening.

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

After the Carl Crawford and Gonzo deals…Ha! Boston is gonna have to do much more than sell out thier franchise to Ben Affleck movies to add a player with Pujols costs.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

i have to disagree unfortunately. They have 10mil from Papelbon, 15mil from Drew, and 12mil from Ortiz coming off the books and already have subsequent heirs to those positions(bard,kalish, DH doesn’t count). So they could afford pujols (Agonz hasnt signed a deal yet).

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

After the year Agonz is gonna have for the Sox, I highly doubt they will just say thanks and send him on his way.
I know they did this for Beltre but Beltre doesnt hold a candle to Agonz.

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

I imagine it will come down to whether Agonz is willing to give them a slight discount. If not, they can test the waters on Pujols and fall back on Agonz if they have to.

woadude
4 years 6 months ago

Ok, ask yourself this, if i had Gonzo in my left hand and Pujols in my right and told you to pick one, which one would you choose and how fast? Also consider the draft pick compensations as a worst case scenario as his contract makes even the Royals blush, imagine they sending him to KC for that closer of theirs, I mean the planets aligned themselves for the Red Sox, shoot Tampa doesn’t even have Garza anymore, and he owned the Sox every game.

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

Bard, Kalish, are you serious neither will be good enough in those spots.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

i have to disagree unfortunately. They have 10mil from Papelbon, 15mil from Drew, and 12mil from Ortiz coming off the books and already have subsequent heirs to those positions(bard,kalish, DH doesn’t count). So they could afford pujols (Agonz hasnt signed a deal yet).

Stl_Great
4 years 6 months ago

Dont forget Fever Pitch. If only the Cardinals won that World Series the movie would have no point.

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

After the Carl Crawford and Gonzo deals…Ha! Boston is gonna have to do much more than sell out thier franchise to Ben Affleck movies to add a player with Pujols costs.

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

Carpenter has a big club option next year or he will become a free agent at 37. The Yanks might have to throw in one of their B prospects. I agree on the surface it looks like this deal will not happen but it might depend on their budget. The club option is for 15 million with a 1 million buyout. Wainwright also has a club option. Add to that Pujols jumping to 27-30 per year and it looks like Carpenter is the odd man out. They might try to keep him until mid year to see where they are in the standings, but I do think Carpenter will either be traded or the Cards will not pick up his option.

4 years 6 months ago

Seriously, you need to stop.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

even if they don’t pick up the option, the 2 draft picks are worth more than Joba and a b prospect. I don’t get why this is such a hard concept to grasp: Carpenter is worth more than Joba. He is worth more than 2 Joba’s in fact.. and no a b level throw in doesn’t equate the difference.

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

Prospect are overrated. In the last 8 years only 18 first rounders were stars. 14 of the 18 draft picks were drafted to lower level teams. Of those only 3 played in the world series for their original teams. Price, Longoria, and Beckett. Only Beckett won the world series with the Marlins. Joba and a B prospect would be a much better deal than that.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

Jobs for Kyle Lohse is fair!

4 years 6 months ago

dont forget tulo.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

no..no..it really wouldn’t. Joba has lost his shine. Might as well start fresh with 2 new picks.

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

Masterson lost his shine and now Theo is trying to get him back.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

so? that doesn’t mean he is gonna give them a V-mart caliber player. Your arguing a failing battle, Joba has lost tons of value since being ranked the 3rd best prospect. Yankees messed up his development and now your not gonna get elite pieces in return.

Shikikazu
4 years 6 months ago

Then you would have to offer arbitration to an 37 Year old Carpenter, What if he accepts? Another 15 Mill+ for one year?

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

Joba is under control longer, and is younger. Plus what if the Cards don’t want to pay Pujols’s new salary along with options to Carpenter and Wainwight. Pujols’s new contract will be in effect by spring training. That might make Carpenter expendable. The Yanks will give you the most for Carpenter in that situation.

woadude
4 years 6 months ago

You have a real hard on for Carpenter but you do realize that teams don’t just give up player to the Yankees right? Joba is a player that seriously was mishandled by the Yankees, they never let his training wheels off and it hindered his development and seriously screwed him up, he was a lights out reliever and they wanted him to be a starter but at the pace of a snail uphill on an icy surface, and when they realized their error it was too late, the “Joba rules” were a very public saga that was tragic to watch.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 6 months ago

I know really, if the cardinals were going to trade him im sure other teams would be interested. Plus if they do sign pujols his contract it wont go into effect until next season and they could just let carpenter go as a free agent and collect the draft picks.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

or they can trade him for joba and a throw in!!! duh, why wouldn’t the yankees ever do this?

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Teixeira for Pujols if they can’t sign him!
Not that that would ever happen.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 6 months ago

I wonder who’s on Pujols no trade clause? And if he resigns will even have one given his 10/5 rights would kick in at the start of 2012.

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

The only teams last year that Pujols approved trades for were: Astros, Marlins, Angels, Dogers

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

he seems to like warm weather…
I guess that might come with being from the Dominican Republic…

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

The only teams last year that Pujols approved trades for were: Astros, Marlins, Angels, Dogers

TheFakeSting
4 years 6 months ago

Bet Scott Boras hopes a deal gets done by Spring Training. One, he can Jack price the price up on Prince Fielder. Two, he doesn’t want his Guy playing second fiddle to anyone when free agency starts.

Wonder which 2-3 teams he suckers into bidding against each other, especially since the Yankees and Sox have first baseman.

Pujols doesn’t sign by spring training, Boras will slide right in the backroom with Prince.

Jntg4
4 years 6 months ago

The Cubs could sign Pujols and Fielder, jk.

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

I should report your comment.

Jntg4
4 years 6 months ago

But you liked it. jk

But hey, if he was a Cubs, you’d get to see him more than if he happened to be a Yankee. jk

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

jk jk jk

The_BiRDS
4 years 6 months ago

I should report your comment.

optionn
4 years 6 months ago

Don’t overpay for him. The best years of his career are behind him. Injuries will soon be launching themselves at his body.

woadude
4 years 6 months ago

Are you kidding? this is his prime years, his age 36 plus years are when he declines, these years is when he becomes a volcano and explodes with career highs, do you watch baseball?

Henduck
4 years 6 months ago

This is why the Pirates have kept payroll so low for so many years. They’ve been saving up for Pujols. They brought in Overbay this year to bridge the gap unitl Big Al signs.

Having Pujols at 1B will create a logjam at 3B with Rendon and Alvarez, but Hunington will figure that out.