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08:18 AM ET 02.11 | Most fans and experts reasonably begin with big-money clubs in Chicago, New York and Boston when they talk about where Albert Pujols may wind up if he chooses to leave the Cardinals. But wouldn't the Royals offer the ultimate free-agency option for Pujols? Kansas City is home for Albert and Dee Dee, to a significant degree. That is where they met. That is where Pujols played high school and college ball. It's where he worked with his hitting/training mentor to become the machine that he is. The Royals are loaded with prospects that player development experts love. They have Tampa Bay Rays-like potential, with plenty of big arms and big bats on the way.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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February 11, 2011  08:24 AM ET

Ha!

February 11, 2011  08:29 AM ET

Is this a joke?

February 11, 2011  08:38 AM ET

This is the most asinine article I've ever read, but it worked. The local yocal reporter gets national coverage.

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February 11, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Saint Louis should offer Pujols 5 years/150 million guaranteed with unlimited vesting options. Each year after the first five will automatically vest with a 2 million dollar raise providing Albert finishes in the top ten for MVP voting. He could be making 40 million a year at the end of ten years provided he keeps producing.

See if Pujols believes in his ability to keep playing at a high level. He will have made over a quarter billion dollars by the time he reaches the vesting years so security is definitely not an issue here.

February 11, 2011  08:49 AM ET

I can see a bidding war between the Royals, Pirates and Marlins..........

February 11, 2011  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Saint Louis should offer Pujols 5 years/150 million guaranteed with unlimited vesting options. Each year after the first five will automatically vest with a 2 million dollar raise providing Albert finishes in the top ten for MVP voting. He could be making 40 million a year at the end of ten years provided he keeps producing.See if Pujols believes in his ability to keep playing at a high level. He will have made over a quarter billion dollars by the time he reaches the vesting years so security is definitely not an issue here.

Good idea. I don't know if King Albert would go for that, though.

February 11, 2011  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No. The Royals actually may have something good going in KC. They will not cripple their future with a $30 million per year contract to an aging superstar.

Agreed

February 11, 2011  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Saint Louis should offer Pujols 5 years/150 million guaranteed with unlimited vesting options. Each year after the first five will automatically vest with a 2 million dollar raise providing Albert finishes in the top ten for MVP voting. He could be making 40 million a year at the end of ten years provided he keeps producing.See if Pujols believes in his ability to keep playing at a high level. He will have made over a quarter billion dollars by the time he reaches the vesting years so security is definitely not an issue here.

Are you sure you are not Albert's agent? You sound like it. I would be willing to accept those terms if I were Albert.

February 11, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Are you sure you are not Albert's agent? You sound like it. I would be willing to accept those terms if I were Albert.

But you're not Albert.

February 11, 2011  08:56 AM ET

"They have Tampa Bay Rays-like potential, with plenty of big arms and big bats on the way."

Whoa, ho-ho professor! These are the Royals we're talking about here buddy. I smell a homer journalist.

February 11, 2011  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Saint Louis should offer Pujols 5 years/150 million guaranteed with unlimited vesting options. Each year after the first five will automatically vest with a 2 million dollar raise providing Albert finishes in the top ten for MVP voting. He could be making 40 million a year at the end of ten years provided he keeps producing.See if Pujols believes in his ability to keep playing at a high level. He will have made over a quarter billion dollars by the time he reaches the vesting years so security is definitely not an issue here.

I don't think he would accecpt that, maybe 7 years $200 guaranteed. If he says no to that, then IMO, it's time to trade him.

February 11, 2011  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

But you're not Albert.

I know I'm not albert. but given the current economic times, he has to consider these terms!

February 11, 2011  09:04 AM ET

i dont even know what to say......this is so ridiculous for so many reasons

February 11, 2011  09:05 AM ET

Let him walk - I'm sick to death of the drama king and his agent.

One thing is for sure - unless he signs, this season is going to be a fiasco!

February 11, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

i dont even know what to say......this is so ridiculous for so many reasons

Dont let that stop you. You're usually good for at least one ridiculous comment in every thread.

February 11, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I know I'm not albert. but given the current economic times, he has to consider these terms!

After all the saber rattling Albert's agent has done, I would be surprised if he took anything less than $200 mil. He's already indicated that Albert gave his "hometown discount" on his prior deal.

February 11, 2011  09:14 AM ET

The Royals are mentioned in 2 T&R threads in one day! That's gotta be some sort of record.

February 11, 2011  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

After all the saber rattling Albert's agent has done, I would be surprised if he took anything less than $200 mil. He's already indicated that Albert gave his "hometown discount" on his prior deal.

There are at least 10 teams in MLB, who wouldn't think twice about giving Albert $200M. So I don't see him taking only 150 from the Cards

 
February 11, 2011  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Saint Louis should offer Pujols 5 years/150 million guaranteed with unlimited vesting options. Each year after the first five will automatically vest with a 2 million dollar raise providing Albert finishes in the top ten for MVP voting. He could be making 40 million a year at the end of ten years provided he keeps producing.See if Pujols believes in his ability to keep playing at a high level. He will have made over a quarter billion dollars by the time he reaches the vesting years so security is definitely not an issue here.

I think Albert might go for something along those lines if it were 7 years and $200M. I would start there and then go heavy on the vesting options for years 8-10.

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