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Cardinals-Pujols extension talks 'nowhere close'

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09:04 AM ET 02.06 | More than a month into stop-and-start talks, the Cardinals and first baseman Albert Pujols are "nowhere close" to reaching agreement on a contract extension that would eliminate the possibility of the three-time NL MVP reaching free agency after the 2011 season, according to sources familiar with the process.

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February 6, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Isn't this a no-brainer? You pay the guy and keep the best player in the game, or you let him walk and announce to the world you operate on the same intelligence level as Patrick Star.

February 6, 2011  09:21 AM ET

Just shut up and play.

February 6, 2011  09:26 AM ET

It would be interesting to know just what the hang up is? Is it on years or dollars per year?

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February 6, 2011  09:45 AM ET
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When you are dealing with your moat productive player, your franchise player, the best player in the game and so far a clean player......you need to PAY THE MAN or freakn gut the team and become the damn royalsThs s not like the hard pine stance the yankees dd wth jeter, jeter had noplace else to go and jeter s not even close to puljos productionIf albert walks there will be suitors and the cardinals fade into obscurity

You mean the way the Yankees paid A-Rod? Just because the Yankees are willing to pay players top dollar well past their primes doesn't mean the rest of the league should follow suite. Absent a salary cap there is no way mid market teams can retain their top players when the Yankees are willing to burn their own money.

You really have no idea how the NYY fans sound to the rest of the fans whose teams do not have unlimited resources.

So it's either you're the Yankees paying players top dollar into their 40s or your the Royals who won't pay anyone? Are those the only two choices? Even the Red Sox wouldn't give Pujolls a $300 million contract at this point in his career. Even the Yankees GM wouldn't be that stupid. Only the NYY ownership would be that lame.

February 6, 2011  09:54 AM ET
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I would guess $ per year as opposed to years, but that's just me. If he ended up a free agent, what big market team would need a 1B? Gonzalez is in Boston. Teixeira is in NY. Cabrera is in Detroit. I just don't see what other team would pay him mega dollars other than the Cardinals, a team that NEEDS this guy.

I'm kind of split on this myself. I would think the Cards could pay him between 25 and 30 but for limited years. Are the Phillies the only team out there that doesn't leak negociations?

February 6, 2011  09:54 AM ET
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He does play, very well in fact.

He's no Lyle Overbay.

February 6, 2011  09:58 AM ET
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He's no Lyle Overbay.

Who is other than Lyle Overbay?

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February 6, 2011  10:08 AM ET
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I'm kind of split on this myself. I would think the Cards could pay him between 25 and 30 but for limited years. Are the Phillies the only team out there that doesn't leak negociations?

All the leaks have come from the agent's camp. The Cardinals haven't leaked anything unless you count acknowledging that the Pujols camp has set a deadline for negotiations. The agent has run his mouth to friends and family. Those friends and family members then run their mouths to the media - probably for some cold hard cash.

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