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Would Pujols walk away?

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08:17 AM ET 04.08 | Albert Pujols' contract has the potential to become nearly the albatross in Los Angeles that Alex Rodriguez's has on the other coast. Pujols, 33, is in the second year of his deal. His salary jumps from $16 million this season to $23 million in 2014 and will increase by $1 million a year until 2021, when he'll make $30 million. ... [But on Saturday,] Pujols gave a strong indication he will not allow himself to become an albatross to the Angels. "God has given me ability and talent, but the day I feel like I can't compete any more on this level, I'm not going to embarrass myself," Pujols said. "I'm going to walk off. Whether that's next year, two years from now, only God knows."

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April 8, 2013  08:31 AM ET

I really doubt that'sgoing to happen. Albert has already proven that money means more to him than anything else.

April 8, 2013  08:36 AM ET

I tend to agree with what is probably the prevailing thought and that Pujols will not walk away from the money. Same as another guy won't who probably should walk (or at least seriously contemplate it) because he seems to already to be at the end of his baseball career rope... ARod.

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April 8, 2013  08:46 AM ET

Nice thought if it happens....maybe he can give A-Rod a little advice?

April 8, 2013  08:51 AM ET

A little PR on his part, nothing more.

April 8, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What's with the jersey? Anls?He's missing a 'A'.

Good eye! (LOL)

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April 8, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Two or three years down the road the GM who sign Albert to that ridiculous contact will be gone, he will be a DH from now on, and the Cards are a lot better off because they could afford to sign number 4, 50, long term and dip into the free agent market for help.

April 8, 2013  09:08 AM ET

God will tell him to walk away after the last year of his current deal...

Mark it down...

April 8, 2013  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I really doubt that'sgoing to happen. Albert has already proven that money means more to him than anything else.

Amen to the almighty dollar.

April 8, 2013  09:19 AM ET

.....me thinks the king is a class act and may set the new std of behvavior with respect to wind downs...he already has done very well on and off the playing field, hurt cad feelings notwihstanding....so no reason to doubt the guy......so when angel fans think he is no longer worth the money....start the "reminder" campaign....me also thinks this comes sooner than later....

April 8, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

A little PR on his part, nothing more.

Exactly.

April 8, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I really doubt that'sgoing to happen. Albert has already proven that money means more to him than anything else.

In other words, he's the average human being.

April 8, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

.....me thinks the king is a class act and may set the new std of behvavior with respect to wind downs...he already has done very well on and off the playing field, hurt cad feelings notwihstanding....so no reason to doubt the guy......so when angel fans think he is no longer worth the money....start the "reminder" campaign....me also thinks this comes sooner than later....

me thinks, you are not a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court.

April 8, 2013  09:31 AM ET

I'm torn on this one. IF he walks away - good for him. But I wonder how many will say he is washed up - when even an "average" AP is greater than most clubs above "average" to best.....

April 8, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Sure, Al. Why would we doubt what you say?

April 8, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Sure, Al. Why would we doubt what you say?

Still hurting a little...? ;-)

April 8, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Still hurting a little...? ;-)

not sure if he is hurting as much as he is telling it like it is.

April 8, 2013  09:38 AM ET

The way I see it. STL had him during some GREAT YEARS... and he was "underpaid" given the baseball worth market (still galls me to say that because they get paid millions to play a freaking game). So now the LAA's will pay for the years gone by - STL got a bargain. Now - I personally think - he'll live up to the contracts he had in STL (not the one he has now) - he'll play well - just not as well as in STL....

 
April 8, 2013  09:40 AM ET

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