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08:13 AM ET 02.09 | Albert Pujols may be on the verge of becoming the distraction he'd prefer not to be. All indications suggest that Pujols and the team that drafted him a dozen years ago are not close to an agreement, and that seven days won't be time enough to negotiate and consummate not only the richest contract in club history, but possibly the richest in the history of the game. As of the weekend, the Cardinals hadn't made a concrete offer. Pujols is thought to be seeking something in the range of Alex Rodriguez's contract with the New York Yankees: a 10-year deal that pays $275 million at its base, $305 million including home run milestone bonuses and $315 million including another $10 million paid by the Texas Rangers for opting out of his previous contract.

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February 9, 2011  08:20 AM ET

More regurgitated speculation, unless Pujols' "honorable" agent is leaking info to the press.......which is possible, I guess

February 9, 2011  08:23 AM ET

There's no weight behind any offer that's not concrete.

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February 9, 2011  09:21 AM ET

5 years max...150 mil....10 mil signing bonus and be done or have a nice life Albert, we will miss you but the Cards will survive.

February 9, 2011  09:28 AM ET

I'd go to 7 years and $200M. Anything beyond that should be in an incentive-based option format.

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February 9, 2011  10:30 AM ET

The ONLY and I mean ONLY way I sign Pujols to any deal beyond 7yrs is with major incentives in the contract that he has to hit to accelerate more or additional years.

Maybe something like $30m a year for the 1st 7yrs of the deal, then years 8-9-10 drop to about half but with tons of incentives that would pay him more if he hit over .300 with 30 HR's and 100 RBIs...

By paying him 30m a season, it jumps StLouis's payroll by 15m per year and that would mean someone or a few someone's will get cut loose.

Plus, if you give him 30m per year for all 10yrs he wants, you are getting a big drop off in production beyond the age of 36.

He just turned 31...Paying him 30m at age 41 would suck and kill the team in years to come.

February 9, 2011  10:34 AM ET

The ONLY and I mean ONLY way I sign Pujols to any deal beyond 7yrs is with major incentives in the contract that he has to hit to accelerate more or additional years.

Maybe something like $30m a year for the 1st 7yrs of the deal, then years 8-9-10 drop to about half but with tons of incentives that would pay him more if he hit over .300 with 30 HR's and 100 RBIs...

By paying him 30m a season, it jumps StLouis's payroll by 15m per year and that would mean someone or a few someone's will get cut loose.

Plus, if you give him 30m per year for all 10yrs he wants, you are getting a big drop off in production beyond the age of 36.

He just turned 31...Paying him 30m at age 41 would suck and kill the team in years to come.

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February 9, 2011  11:06 AM ET
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I'd go to 7 years and $200M. Anything beyond that should be in an incentive-based option format.

that sounds pretty decent...I agree anything over 7-8 years even for Albert doesn't seem too smart.

Will the Cards do the right thing and keep him in st louis? what's your gut tell you?

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February 9, 2011  11:11 AM ET

Wow. They do a story on this every day. Why not wait until something concrete actually happens?

February 9, 2011  11:16 AM ET
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A 10 year contract @ age 31? I should shut up about that considering my Yankees did that for A-Rod. But in fairness, A-Rod is in the AL where he can DH. Pujols is in the NL which makes me think unless they add the DH rule, he wont finish his career there, thats if he re-signs.

Good point about the DH.

And, of course, baseball players age pretty consistently. The only time you see a player maintain ridiculous numbers for a long period at an advancing age is when said player is using some magical chemicals.

The reality is that, once you hit 33-35, you are on a quick downward slope. Pujols is a hell of a hitter. Maybe the best right handed hitter in baseball history. But age can't be stopped. He will start to diminish in the next 3 years, if he hasn't already.

A 10-year deal seems like a huge stretch.

February 9, 2011  11:16 AM ET
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No player is worth mortgaging the whole team for. Albert asked to have Holliday signed, it happened. Where is the come back from Him. I love Albert - one of the greatest players of all time. He does great charity work. But how much is enough? How much does someone need?

I agree that no player is every really worth that much....period but its definitely not a matter of need.....when your talking pro contracts. Lets be for real here! Most pro athletes are overpaid in comparison to how most people make there livings. is it fair? of course not...but that's just how it is.

BUT I do believe in players and anyone for that matter trying to maximize their salaries especially at their peak. pro athletes understand that they'll usually have at least 1 shot at getting a max contract and it'd be silly not to take advantage of that. Yeah sure he could get by with taking less at the benefit to the club....but its just business.

I still believe just like Jeter...Pujols has no desire to leave he just wants to maximize his contract.....nothing wrong with that??

February 9, 2011  11:26 AM ET

Question is not is he worth it, as if he were a mortal player and each year needs to equal X production...that is for mere mortals guys with no MVPs...this man "deserves" the largest contract in baseball history, because he is the best right now...
-players Union

And so it shall be.

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