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Pujols starts conversation at $300 million

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08:29 AM ET 01.26 | Albert Pujols may become baseball's first $300 million man. There has never been one in baseball history, not even Alex Rodriguez. But scuttlebutt from other clubs is that that's where Pujols and Dan Lozano began the conversation. Ten years. At $30 million a year. For a total of $300 million. And when the folks on the Cardinals' side of the table regained consciousness, they said something to the effect of: "You're kidding, right?" But Pujols is not kidding. He's coming off a seven-year, $100 million deal that has turned out to be exceptionally club-friendly. So if it seems to you that the only side you've heard mention the word "discount" was the Cardinals, you don't need to get your hearing tested. "Albert's side feels like they've already given their discount," said an NL executive who has negotiated hundreds of contracts. "He's saying: 'Now it's my turn.'"

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January 26, 2011  08:34 AM ET

He's got to feed his family.

January 26, 2011  08:39 AM ET

Just give him controlling interest of the team.

January 26, 2011  08:50 AM ET

Wow!! the Cards cannot afford to keep him....only the Yankees would be willing to pay such an absurd amount of $$. And they don't need him but I never rule out the Yanks when it comes to signing mega FA's

January 26, 2011  08:53 AM ET

Let the negotiating begin...one-sided as they may be...

January 26, 2011  08:57 AM ET

Absurd as it sounds it is only $5 million more than the Phils are paying Lee per year.

January 26, 2011  09:05 AM ET

10 years is a little too long. I mean, he's the best player in baseball, but that would kill the Cards.

January 26, 2011  09:06 AM ET

greed is a good thing for albert...10 years at that rate is ridiculous

January 26, 2011  09:11 AM ET

Wow. Ten years is not what I expected.

If he sticks to that amount, it's probably going to come down to an issue of what they can work out on deferrals.

January 26, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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Pay the man, he's worth every dime. Let him go and become the laughing stock of Baseball. He puts the fannies in the seats. $300 million! Yeah he is worth it.

They'd be the laughing stock of baseball if they did pay that. If that is what he really wants, then the Cards should trade him now. That contract would cripple that organization for the next decade. As far as putting people in the seats, that's a great baseball town, they will still sell tickets.

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January 26, 2011  09:20 AM ET

If A-Rod is worth 25 million dollars for the junk he puts up, then Albert is worth $30 million.

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January 26, 2011  09:22 AM ET
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That contract would cripple that organization for the next decade. As far as putting people in the seats, that's a great baseball town, they will still sell tickets.

But you will be the team that doesnt really care about winning. You care about turning a profit. And he is worth that contract even tho the cards cant afford to pay it. A big market team can afford it (LA, Chicago, Texas).

January 26, 2011  09:24 AM ET

Greedy S.O.B.

January 26, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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If A-Rod is worth 25 million dollars for the junk he puts up, then Albert is worth $30 million.

You answered you're own question, A-Rod isn't worth it.

January 26, 2011  09:27 AM ET

I guess this means that the Pirates and Royals are out of the running.

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January 26, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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You are wrong. No one would laugh. He is the undisputed best player in baseball. The Cards have resources that most teams do not have, and they can pay it. It may limit other players' contracts, but they can pay it...and they just about have to do so.

And what do you do 5 years down the road, and his skills start to decline at 37 or 38, and he's no longer the best player in the game? You still owe him another $150M and you can't rebuild your team because of budget restraints.

 
January 26, 2011  09:30 AM ET
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And what do you do 5 years down the road, and his skills start to decline at 37 or 38, and he's no longer the best player in the game? You still owe him another $150M and you can't rebuild your team because of budget restraints.

You win now when he is in his prime and get the fans on your side so when you tear it down and start over in the twilight of Pujols' career they stick around.

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