(KMOV)-- So the “DEADLINE” has come and gone to sign Albert Pujols long term…so what? Let me reassure you the world is not coming to an end. The Cardinals won’t bring up negotiations during the season, but Camp Pujols can and I think will revisit contract talks; of course they’ll try their best to keep it private.
It’s very tough to say who is at fault for not making this deal happen because we don’t officially know what the terms were. If the Cardinals offered him a seven year deal worth $20 million a year, I would side with Pujols and tell the Redbirds to take a hike; I doubt it was that low though. But if Albert asked for ten years, $30 million per, I would commend the Cardinals for standing tall and not giving in to what would be an obnoxious, ridiculous, and ultimately unjustifiable contract.
Albert Pujols is taking a risk by not making this deal happen right now. Lets say the Cardinals offered him a contract worth eight years, at $27 million per season; I’m not a math wiz but even I know that’s a huge sum of money, in fact specifically that’s $216 million, how much more would you need? Pujols isn’t injury prone but he has endured his fair share of injuries. If he would get hurt this season and have to miss significant time that certainly wouldn’t help his cause when he officially hits the free agent market at the end of the World Series, he might actually be offered less.
So spring training will go on, and maybe a month from now this won’t be as big of a deal as it seems right now. But once the season arrives we’ll all find out if this will be a distraction; I say this will be an enormous distraction, how could it not? Albert is all about winning, I hope he gives this contract situation more thought, because if he thinks he can win while snatching up most of a team’s payroll think again. Need proof Albert? Ask Alex Rodriguez what happened in Texas, and don’t tell me ‘Well look what happened when A-Rod got to New York,’ because even Bill DeWitt Jr. admitted Wednesday that the Cardinals don’t have Yankee money.