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Sunday, January 16, 2011
Pujols's contract demands: 400 Bazillion Dollars for 99 years
Actually Pujols' agent Dan Lozano wants the Cardinals to include a 100th year but the Cardinals want the 100th year to be a club option.
I guess agents have a tendency to make a very high bid and then expect it to come down.
I am thinking maybe the Cardinals will counter offer with "Ownership of the Cardinals".
Either way, the Cardinals shouldn't mess around. As I wrote before, Pujols owes neither the Cardinals nor the fans of St. Louis anything!
In the free agency era, even New Yorkers, Chicagoans and Bostonians should be satisfied with 10 seasons with a superstar. And yes, Derek Jeter's feeling might be hurt by that notion, but after 10 years, multiple MVPS, a playoff MVP and a World Series title, Pujols has earned the right to see what his worth on the open market is.
And guess what, St. Louis? That would be your worst nightmare. Do you know why?
Because the Chicago Cubs have a TREMENDOUS amount of money coming off of the books after the 2011 season is over.
The New York Mets have a HUGE amount of money coming off of the books after the 2011 season is over.
And chances are the Los Angeles Dodgers will have new ownership who will want to make a splash and spend some dough.
You might have three big spenders who all, by fate and circumstance, have an opening at first base.
You want to try and outbid New York, Los Angeles and Chicago? Give him the 100th year.