I don’t know how much money Albert Pujols official wants; I believe it could be $30 million per year for ten years. If that’s true, I say Albert, thanks for the memories, it was nice knowing you and I wish you the best.
Here’s why I wouldn’t pay number 5 $300 million. Is Albert worth $30 million dollars a year right now, yes I believe so. Will he be worth $30 million in 2012, most likely, and probably in 2013, but after that, absolutely not. It’s ludicrous to think that Pujols will be the same dominate, dynamic, crowd pleasing player that he is now when he’s 41 years old; so why pay him that much when he’s clearly not going to be worth it.
Secondly, you have to think of the future of the St. Louis Cardinals, how will Pujols’ obnoxiously large contract affect the Birds long term? Let’s back track to 2000 and see how Alex Rodriguez’s deal panned out. When A-Rod signed a 10 year, $252 million deal with Texas, Rangers’ owner Tom Hicks was quoted in a CNNSI.com article saying, “Alex is the player we believe will allow this franchise to fulfill its dream of continuing on its path to becoming a World Series champion.” But what Mr. Hicks didn’t realize at the time, was if he gives one guy $252 million, how was he going to have enough money left to bring in other good players to surround Rodriguez with? The fact was he wasn’t able to recruit any other top players and every season A-Rod was a Ranger, Texas finished last in its division. My point, if the Cardinals want to resign guys like Adam Wainwright and Colby Rasmus in a few years, and bring in other top talent, it could be extremely difficult to do so if you’re paying someone potentially $30 million per season.
I’ve heard some people say, ‘Well the Cardinals won’t be able to win without Pujols.’ Keep in mind, the Redbirds haven’t won a post season game since 2006 (World Series). Maybe bringing in other pieces instead of spending a huge chunk of change on one guy could change that.
Does Pujols understand how much pressure would come with being a $300 million player? I truly believe that an 0 for 15 slump, or a 2 for 20 slump would be inexcusable. If you’re getting paid $30 million that season YOU CAN’T FALL INTO A SERIOUS SLUMP, no excuses. And if Albert did, which he most likely would, he couldn’t get mad at us (media) when we questioned him about it, because he’s the person who put himself into that position by asking for such a ridiculous contract.
Albert Pujols does a lot for the St. Louis community with his charities. He is a God fearing Christian man and that I respect about him. IF he wants $300 million (again, I don’t know how much he wants) but if that is his demand, that seems greedy, and being a religious man as Albert is, I have ask this, wouldn’t God and Jesus say $300 million is just a bit greedy as well? Albert, be smart, stay in St. Louis, retire as a Cardinal, maybe win a couple more championships, and go down as one of, if not, the greatest Cardinal of all time.