Pujols Would Veto All Trade Proposals

The Cardinals are not seriously exploring the possibility of trading first baseman Albert Pujols because the superstar slugger, who has full no-trade protection, would veto any swap, writes Buster Olney of ESPN.com.

Pujols, slated to become a free agent after the 2011 season, is willing to work out a contract extension with St. Louis but has said that those talks will be tabled on Feb. 19, his first day at Spring Training, so as not to create a distraction.

That means, as Olney notes, the only remaining possibilities are that Pujols signs an extension with the Cardinals or becomes a free agent at season's end. The next 10 days are critical to the Cardinals' efforts to re-sign Pujols, tweets Olney.

Olney speculates that Pujols, who turned 31 this month, will probably command a contract similar to the one Alex Rodriguez signed with the Yankees following the 2007 season — somewhere along the lines of 10 years and $275MM.

For his career, Pujols has posted a ridiculous .331/.426/.624 over 10 seasons, never playing fewer than 143 games in any campaign.


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95 Comments on "Pujols Would Veto All Trade Proposals"


Brad426
4 years 7 months ago

Hey, if he leaves the Cards get two draft picks. That’ll take the sting out, right?

Sox1265
4 years 7 months ago

Why doesn’t he want 2 go anywhere

Brad426
4 years 7 months ago

Well, he rarely confides in me, but I’m guessing that he wants to remain a Cardinal for his whole career and plans on an extension getting done before he hits free agency. He also may just not want to adjust to a new team right before the season starts and then have to do it again if a different team signs him as a free agent? I have no idea.

Sox1265
4 years 7 months ago

Theo needs him

Brad426
4 years 7 months ago

Theo WANTS him, like any sane GM would, but Theo probably NEEDS him less than anyone.

Sox1265
4 years 7 months ago

Red sox can sign him in free agency

jmcbosox
4 years 7 months ago

when he’s 39?

Sox1265
4 years 7 months ago

Veteran power, leadership ability who knows?

Pawsdeep
4 years 7 months ago

I’m pretty sure Theo and dombr

4 years 7 months ago

The Red Sox already have two first basemen. Don’t need a third, son.

Sox1265
4 years 7 months ago

I’m not a son and DH ability son

niched
4 years 7 months ago

Pujols would never agree to DH

El_Bobo
4 years 7 months ago

When he’s 39 sure why not

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 7 months ago

I wish that Lebron had Puljols attitude.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

Because hes earned the right to choose his future!

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 7 months ago

If he leaves via free agency, the Cardinals net two draft picks, since he’s a Type A free agent, plus he’s being sarcastic.

birdsonabat
4 years 7 months ago

Because, contrary to popular belief in the New England states, not everyone aspires to play for the Yankees or Red Sox. Albert and his wife have made their home in St. Louis and are happy there.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t doubt his desire to stay in St.Louis but I’m pretty sure that the main reason they’ve made their home in St. Louis is because that’s where he’s played since 2000.
If St. Louis doesn’t pony up to what he wants then my guess is he and his family will relocate w/o giving St. Louis a second thought.

niched
4 years 7 months ago

Pujols is from the DR, but he went to high school in Independence, Missouri. So he has ties to there from before his Cardinal days.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks, I’m well aware. That being said, if the Cards don’t present him with a good enough deal then he will sign and relocate elsewhere. That’s been a pretty consistent theme throughout FA history.

niched
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe, but there is a class of player that tends to stay with one team their whole career: The Ripken/Jeter, down-to-earth, hometown WS hero, certain Hall of Famer type. I suspect Pujols is more this type than not, and he might agree to take a 9 year deal instead of a 10 year deal to stay in STL. Not saying he will, but it’s not like Pujols is desperate to play for the Yanks or Sox. And it’s not like he’s Manny: only caring about money. Then again, I doubt he takes a hometown discount quite like Mauer did. It’ll be interesting.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Mauer took 8/$183 or $23 mil per. Not exactlya hometown discount. It’s the highest deal ever offered to a catcher. I don’t think anyone would’ve offered him more to be honest.

And as great as Jeter and Ripken are/were, neither are in the same league as Pujols. I can see Pujols giving the Cards a discount but I would still think he would want to eclipse what Mauer signed for. I think $25 mil per is the starting point.

niched
4 years 7 months ago

Agree with everything you say. If Pujols were to give STL something of a discount, the comparison might be more along the lines of Griffey’s contract with the Reds, signed when they acquired him from Seattle. It was huge deal at the time, but it was likely less than what he could have gotten as a free agent. Pujols probably won’t give that big of a discount, however.

I understand the Cardinals’ hesitation. What if Pujols gets hurt and declines the way Griffey did, or is even worse? That’s a lot of money for a mid-size market team like STL to spend on any player over 30, even one of the all-time greats. There’s a lot of risk involved. The Yanks and Sox can more easily absorb a huge deal if it looks like something of a mistake, but for the Cardinals it’s bigger risk. Not that Mauer is in the same league as Pujols, but I wonder if the Twins are getting nervous about his contract based on his somewhat disappointing performance last year.

disgustedcubfan
4 years 7 months ago

I fully expect Albert to resign with the Cardinals. With that said, I think all the St. Louis people have to get over the notion that there is no way in the world Albert would ever even consider leaving St. Louis.
In fact, he already is considering his options, of which there are plenty.

niched
4 years 7 months ago

I wonder if the White Sox could be one of those options.

disgustedcubfan
4 years 7 months ago

Probably not because they already have Konerko for 3 more years and Dunn for 4 years. Somebody would have to go.

niched
4 years 7 months ago

Trading Dunn or Konerko and moving the other to DH could be a possibility for the White Sox. In comparison, the Yankees and Red Sox have too much invested in Teixeira and Gonzalez to move them to DH, on top of the fact that both players would resist moving to DH. Plus both players would be tough to trade given their salaries and likely no-trade clauses.

4 years 7 months ago

being from independence is in no way a tie to st louis…at least no more than being from chicago would be a long standing tie to st louis

niched
4 years 7 months ago

True, I didn’t realize Independence was a suburb of Kansas City. But it would be a lot easier for Pujols to honorably sign with the Royals than with the Cubs (not that the Royals would be bidding for Pujols’ services). Even if he hits free agency, the more I think about it I think the Cubs’ chances of landing Pujols are quite slim. Yet, knowing Kenny Williams aggressiveness, I wonder if the White Sox would consider making a serious run at him. I think Pujols stays a Card, however.

Pawsdeep
4 years 7 months ago

No way-two draft picks are no where near Pujols.

If he leaves it would absolutely decimate that organization. N

Brad426
4 years 7 months ago

Oh. Thanks for that insight.

adieuordie
4 years 7 months ago

what if one of the draft picks ends up being better than pujols? BOOM! mind BLOWN!!!

Brad426
4 years 7 months ago

I know, right? And they would get TWO shots at it, so the odds would be pretty good that at least one would be better than Pujols.

Ben_Cherington
4 years 7 months ago

do you even think he will be a type A?

Cuddy Fox
4 years 7 months ago

This is big news for the Cardinals and maybe Pujols and the Cards got an agreement close.

Ismail1128
4 years 7 months ago

Trading Pujols will be one of the most craziest thing Cards can do. There is not a single player or a group of prospects can replace him. I think Pujols will be with Cardinals for rest of his career.

guydavis
4 years 7 months ago

This is just Pujols forcing the FO’s hands (as if they need to be), letting them know that if they don’t get a deal done by ST they’re either gonna have to bid for him as a free agent or get two draft picks.

bravos2010
4 years 7 months ago

I wonder if two-thirds of baseball fans can override his vetos?

4 years 7 months ago

do you think that 2/3 of baseball fans would want him to go to a team that isn’t their own?

tdw815
4 years 7 months ago

Trading Pujols to the Redsox or anyone else will not happen. Signing him as a free agent might be possiblity but the Sox just signed Gonzales from the Padres and would need to do something with him. I see Pujols staying with the cards for his career. 6 yrs 175mil with a club option.

Sox1265
4 years 7 months ago

DH is your answer for Gonzales

niched
4 years 7 months ago

Between Pujols and Gonzalez you’d be paying $45 million to $50 million a year for a first baseman and a DH. I doubt even the Red Sox would want to pay Gonzalez that kind of money just to be their DH. And I doubt Gonzalez would be happy at DH.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

You break conventional rules of wisdom for hitters like AGonz and Pujols! 81 games each at first and dh is not crazy!

niched
4 years 7 months ago

Why would Pujols agree to such an arrangement? Why would the best player in baseball want to be a DH half the year? Just so he can play in Boston? Not gonna happen. If Pujols agreed to go to Boston, it would be as the full time first baseman. Then you’d have probably an unhappy Gonzalez.

And that doesn’t even address the fact that the Red Sox would have a quarter of their payroll tied up in two players, only one of which is in the field at a given time. I can’t see Theo making a move that unwise.

SeattleFanInRiverside
4 years 7 months ago

If the Red Sox acquired Pujols (which they won’t), they would trade Adrian Gonzalez.

johnwvideo
4 years 7 months ago

Thats absolutely crazy, Pujols will never DH at this age, NEVER. He is a Gold Glove 1st baseman, he is not sitting on a bench for 81 games..28M/8years, automatic option maintaining 300..

jmcbosox
4 years 7 months ago

technically the sox only have agon for 2011. if pujols becomes available and they havent signed agon to an extension, i suppose it becomes a possibilty

Sox1265
4 years 7 months ago

Make agon play third

jmcbosox
4 years 7 months ago

no

Sox1265
4 years 7 months ago

Why

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 7 months ago

are you being sarcastic or are you oblivious? Gonzalez is not going to be playing third base for any team. EVER. period. end of story. done.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

Where one of the top 3 3b play in Youk? Riiight!

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Top 3? He hasn’t played there for more than 80 games since 2003. I think Beltre, Zimmerman, Longo and others might take exception to your comment.

Ben_Cherington
4 years 7 months ago

pssheee who are those guys? youk is def not top 3 and probably not top 5.

acyikac
4 years 7 months ago

The Red Sox just traded 2 top prospects and an up and comer for Adrian Gonzalez — they would have to give far more than that for Pujols and they wouldn’t have made the Gonzalez deal in the first place without the assurance that he’ll sign the extension — it wasn’t a rental deal…

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 7 months ago

Kind of a classy move by Pujols that even if the Cardinals can’t extend him he still wants to remain a Cardinal no matter what.

Or is it slightly selfish that he wouldn’t waive his no trade clause and help his team net some top prospects that they would probably not acquire in the draft after next season? Either way, he’s baseball’s best player (or at least one of), and he has the right to do what he feels is best for him and his family, and if St. Louis is the answer, so be it.

That said, I’d love to see either him or Fielder in a Jays uniform this time next year. Fielder being the much more likely possibility, seeing as I see Pujols agreeing to an extension with the Cardinals at some point.

niched
4 years 7 months ago

You’re a Jays fan and your name is Motor City Bombshell? Just asking.

tsv2014
4 years 7 months ago

(I’m the same guy posting on a different account from my iPhone)

No, I’m definitely a Tigers fan (actually I’m one of those guys who likes all 30 teams) going to college in western Michigan but used to live in Metro-Detroit. But I’m not one of those fans that is going to suggest that the Tigers should get either of those guys because it simply isn’t realistic. I see the Jays being a great fit for Fielder and would not be surprised to go hard after him next season especially if Jose Bautista hits free agency and with all that Vernon Wells money off the books. Just seems logical to me. :)

BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

In other words, Pujols is making it clear they need to get an extension done in the next three weeks. If the Cardinals front office screws this up, a majority of St. Louis is going to throw a collective sh!t fit, and rightly so.

adieuordie
4 years 7 months ago

don’t worry, he’ll sign. we have this dude on the case. http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2011/01/give_us_5_for_life.php

eg159
4 years 7 months ago

Cardinals need to offer Pujols AROD $$ + 1 dollar and give him 10 days to sign. On day 11 if he didn’t sign, announce to the public that Albert rejected the chance to become the highest paid player in baseball history and it is now clear he does not want to be a Cardinal. Follow that statement up with making overtures that he is available to the highest bidder. At this point he would no doubt drop his no trade at this point.

Many prospects are much safer for the Cards than the draft picks.

setupunchtag
4 years 7 months ago

I think the big suitor should he reach FA, will not be the Red Sox. I think it will be the Cubs, who signed Pena for only one year. They have the cash, the willingness to spend, and would love to mess with St Louis. I think Albert’s LAST ten years would easily be worth $275 million, but I’m not so sure about the next 10…if they keep him, STL fans should be VERY happy…for about 5 or 6 years.

4 years 7 months ago

Blue Jays. Blue Jays. Blue Jays. Blue Jays. Blue Jays. Blue Jays. The stars are aligning. Come on Albert!!

LordD99
4 years 7 months ago

Neither the Red Sox nor the Yankees have a need for a first baseman, so if King Albert leaves St. Louis (which I don’t think he will), then it will be to a team like the Angels or the Cubs or the Dodgers or the Giants or the Mets or the __________. There will be plenty of bidders for his services because he is Albert Pujols. Players of his level don’t hit that market that often. A-Rod’s probably the last in that class. Could he go to the Yankees or the Sox to be a DH? Sure, but he has no desire to do that. He may be the best defensive first baseman in the NL, and the Yankees and Sox both already have two excellent defenders. I am assuming A-Gon’s contract does get announced right after Opening Day as the Sox continue to try and dance around the luxury tax. And on the Yankees side, not only do they have Teixeira, their young catcher, Jesus Montero, is most likely suited better for first base and DH. He projects out as a .300/30 HR player, who will be playing for league minimum for a few years. Just no room on either team.

He’ll be a Cardinal. I doubt the issue is paying him $27+-million a year so that he’s up in the A-Rod range. The Cardinals can afford it and if they’re not going to pay a once-in-a-generation player like Pujols the money, then I’d be pretty upset if I was a Cardinal fan. It’s probably the length of the contract. Going ten years is crazy. The Yankees will probably have to eat the last couple of years of A-Rod’s contract and no way the Cardinals want to put themselves in that same situation. And, while I know it will annoy Cardinal fans saying this, but there are still questions about Pujols’ real age. He could be a couple years older, and that’s huge. A ten-year contract for someone who will be 32-year old in 2012 is crazy. Total insanity if he’s 34.

The_BiRDS
4 years 7 months ago

Finally someone actually making some sense on here, well done

metsfan08
4 years 7 months ago

if he becomes a free agent, he will be a met. the mets have a ton of money coming off after this season.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I think Barrt “made off” with the money it might take to sign Pujols.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Damn..”Barry”….messed up a good joke.

Brad426
4 years 7 months ago

It was still funny.

The_BiRDS
4 years 7 months ago

you can edit your messages.. just sayin

David C. Ruckman
4 years 7 months ago

There is absolutely nothing “greedy” or “selfish” about Pujols vetoing any deal. He is 100% committed to being a Cardinal for the duration of his career, so I believe staying true to his word is, instead, admirable. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will never want to do anything to slight their franchise player in any way. This will be 100% respectable through and through.

That said, Boston fans must be truly delusional if “DH” and “Albert Pujols” were to ever appear in the same sentence. The Red Sox already have a Gold Glove first baseman; there is no need for two of them. And when considering moving a great defender like Pujols to full-time DH, something he would NOT want to do anyway, why would any team in the AL dole out that much money? Yes, he is Albert Pujols, the single-best hitter of this generation, but his value takes a serious hit once he’s removed from the field. Only a fool would take the total package and ask, “Can I pay you full price for 70%?”

4 years 7 months ago

Since I’m a Rays fan, I would trade almost anyone for Pujols… Maybe even Hellickson! Hahaha.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe Longoria is better all around(or projects to be) but Youk is a fine defender and is in any conversation for top 3 all around with Longoria, Wright and Arod! Beltres bat, outside of 2 big years, doesnt measure up to these 4! Actually lets say Youks top 5 to make it easier!

Pawsdeep
4 years 7 months ago

I think that what the cardinals do with Larussa and some clubhouse cancer(rasmus) is going to have a lot to do with whether or not he stays. I think it would be a very smart move for Pujols to wait and see what the organization is going to do to give him a chance to win before he signs.

He’s going to get the money he wants from any team; I’m sure he wants it to be a winner who pays him. You can’t blame the guy if he pulls a lebron James and skips town if they fail to give him a competitive team….not to say the cards won’t do that but it’s definately a possibility.

Cuddy Fox
4 years 7 months ago

Pujols loves to play for LaRussa and he does not mind Rasmus. You thinking of Ryan. Both Pujols and Carpenter had a problem with Brenden Ryan.

KeithLawSucksInStl
4 years 7 months ago

As a Cardinals fan, I’d rather see this than a headline of “Pujols would approve a trade to New York, Boston, Toronto or Anaheim” or something like that…

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Far fetched scenario:

Yankees trade Tex to nationals. They wanted Tex, they actually offered more $$$$ then the Yankees. The Yankees would still need to some $$$$. They receive some decent prospects back only because they are willing to take the rest of Tex’s contract off of their hands. This only happens (of course) if Pujols agreed to sign with the Yankees.

The Yankees sign Pujols for $30 millions a year.

The Yankees are even more hated by the fans of baseball with the Cardinal Fan base projecting its full wrath upon the Yankees organization.

The only part I am not sure about is if the Yankees could truly be hated anymore then they already are…….