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Pujols' future to be decided soon?

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10:46 AM ET 10.03 |

When the Cardinals season closes Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium, first baseman Albert Pujols officially enters a new phase of his career.

He will become untradeable -- at least without his permission. Both sides insist no substantive talks have taken place since Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, met with general manager John Mozeliak in Jupiter, Fla., during spring training.

The Cardinals will pick up Pujols' $16 million option for 2011 within 10 days after the World Series. In the meantime, the club feels no compulsion to address his future with the club sooner than later. Pujols has not said if he will repeat this year's tack by refusing to negotiate once next season begins. A source familiar with his thinking said Pujols is likely to remain consistent, leaving less than six months to finalize an extension.

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Albert Pujols, AP Albert Pujols, AP
October 3, 2010  10:55 AM ET

Pujols isn't going anywhere. If the Cardinals can't work out an extension in six months, they need to clean house in the front office.

October 3, 2010  11:20 AM ET

last time red sox missed the playoffs, theo got aggressive and foolishly spent tons of money on players..this off season will be no different..except i bet he pulls pujols...because they arent gonna resign big papi unless he takes a cut...sox are gonna sign 2 big free agents...its just gonna happen..and no im not a sox fan...

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October 3, 2010  11:55 AM ET
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The Red Sox missed the playoffs in 2006. Epstein, according to you, "got aggressive and foolishly spent tons of money on players" during the offseason. The Red Sox won the World Series in 2007.

But they did it in a foolish manner....

October 3, 2010  12:54 PM ET
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Pujols isn't going anywhere. If the Cardinals can't work out an extension in six months, they need to clean house in the front office.

You're right. He's not going anywhere. They'll get this done before the Spring.

October 3, 2010  12:54 PM ET
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Doubt it. Pujols wasn't born and raised in St. Louis.

you would be wrong to doubt it
and he does have roots in the state, albeit the kansas city side
cardinals fans love their favorite players for life
and one leaving for a few dollars more doesnt go over well here....
ask someone's opinion of edgar renteria here

October 3, 2010  12:57 PM ET
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last time red sox missed the playoffs, theo got aggressive and foolishly spent tons of money on players..this off season will be no different..except i bet he pulls pujols...

Learn things.

1. When they missed the playoffs and then "foolishly spend tons of money on players" they won the World Series about 10 months later.

2. No one is "pulling Pujols" .. he isn't a free agent. The Cardinals hold a 16 million dollar club option which they'll obviously pick up. Not only that, it's a 5 million dollar buy out if they don't pick it up. Meaning that it would technically only cost 11 million dollars to keep Pujols rather than buy him out. I'm thinking Pujols is worth 11 million.

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October 3, 2010  01:15 PM ET
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Roots? Really?

Imported roots.

October 3, 2010  03:23 PM ET

Pujols is one of very few superstars with integrity and a willingness to put the team first. He has played at a high level with injuries that would have sent others crying for momma. If I were GM he would never have an option of going anwhere else because I would sign him to a contract that gives him a high salary this year and an automatic 10% increase every year until he decides to retire. At the end he would be overpaid, but they overpay most of their roster anyway.

October 3, 2010  05:47 PM ET

The cardinals need to trade pujols now! They could raid someones farmsystem and get a young can't miss bona fide star, example when Florida got Hanley from Bo Sox, and a top pitching prospect. They could also get an everyday player, hopefully pitcher, and draft picks. They could then turn around and use the 30 million to sign 2 elite players. Let's face it, in St. Louis we have a 100 million dollar payroll, and as good as King Albert is, 30 million to one player straps you too much. Raid someones team and fill in with elite free agents to fix the holes the cardinals have. The biggest hole that would be left would be the hole in the hearts of the fans from losing the best player in baseball. That would ease when the cardinals were at the top of their division for the next decade due to making this move now and not strapping the club long term.

October 3, 2010  05:50 PM ET

Just not worth the money,I got 3 sons play better ball than him.LOL

October 3, 2010  06:08 PM ET
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The cardinals need to trade pujols now! They could raid someones farmsystem and get a young can't miss bona fide star, example when Florida got Hanley from Bo Sox, and a top pitching prospect. They could also get an everyday player, hopefully pitcher, and draft picks. They could then turn around and use the 30 million to sign 2 elite players. Let's face it, in St. Louis we have a 100 million dollar payroll, and as good as King Albert is, 30 million to one player straps you too much. Raid someones team and fill in with elite free agents to fix the holes the cardinals have. The biggest hole that would be left would be the hole in the hearts of the fans from losing the best player in baseball. That would ease when the cardinals were at the top of their division for the next decade due to making this move now and not strapping the club long term.

How do you know you will be getting a "can't miss bona fide star"? You don't and you certainly don't get rid of Albert Pujols to attempt to find one!!!!!

How do you figure he'll strap the club financially when HE puts butts in the seats?

Weird

October 3, 2010  06:36 PM ET

You don't know if you have a can't miss star, but you know who the top prospects in baseball are. That's who you target. You then take that 30 million and sign other players. Did paying AROD 25 million help Texas. Same principle. Last time I checked St. Louis drew 3 million fans before Albert. It's a baseball town. Strapping the club long term is suicide, and you can never get more for Albert in a trade than you can now. I'm a cardinal fan true and true, but did they get thew job done with him this year. No. The cardinals have too many holes and have no way of filling them. Top prospects, 30 million a year in cash, and flexibility are much more important for long term success. Now if the cardinals want to expand their payroll to 140 million this is a stupid post, but believe me, Fans will still show up. It's the best baseball town in America.

October 3, 2010  06:40 PM ET

2 words: Ryan Ludwick

October 3, 2010  07:03 PM ET
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You don't know if you have a can't miss star, but you know who the top prospects in baseball are. That's who you target. You then take that 30 million and sign other players. Did paying AROD 25 million help Texas. Same principle. Last time I checked St. Louis drew 3 million fans before Albert. It's a baseball town. Strapping the club long term is suicide, and you can never get more for Albert in a trade than you can now. I'm a cardinal fan true and true, but did they get thew job done with him this year. No. The cardinals have too many holes and have no way of filling them. Top prospects, 30 million a year in cash, and flexibility are much more important for long term success. Now if the cardinals want to expand their payroll to 140 million this is a stupid post, but believe me, Fans will still show up. It's the best baseball town in America.

I understand your thinking, and don't totally disagree with it if it were someone else. Albert has become to much a part of Cardinal lore to let him go somewhere else.

It might stretch the budget, but I would rather see them try to capture another WS title with this current core of Albert/Holliday/Rasmus and Carp/Waino/Garcia. A couple of right pieces this off-season could have them right back in the hunt. Trading Pujols now would end that possibility for a few years.

October 3, 2010  07:06 PM ET
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The cardinals need to trade pujols now! They could raid someones farmsystem and get a young can't miss bona fide star, example when Florida got Hanley from Bo Sox, and a top pitching prospect. They could also get an everyday player, hopefully pitcher, and draft picks. They could then turn around and use the 30 million to sign 2 elite players. Let's face it, in St. Louis we have a 100 million dollar payroll, and as good as King Albert is, 30 million to one player straps you too much. Raid someones team and fill in with elite free agents to fix the holes the cardinals have. The biggest hole that would be left would be the hole in the hearts of the fans from losing the best player in baseball. That would ease when the cardinals were at the top of their division for the next decade due to making this move now and not strapping the club long term.

And how is Florida doing today with their diva shortstop? I'd rather have Pujols for $30 million than a 40/40 Lady Gaga in a jock strap and a crappy baseball team.

 
October 3, 2010  07:09 PM ET
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2 words: Ryan Ludwick

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