Archive for the ‘St. Louis Cardinals’ Category

Adrian Gonzalez Extension in the works?

March 15, 2011

John Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting the agent Adrian Gonzalez is set to visit Red Sox camp next week.

Thoughts are a rumored long-term extension could be negotiated at that point.

There has been wide speculation a deal will be signed after opening day so the Red Sox circumvent a luxury tax for 2011.

If Gonzalez would happen to become a free agent after the 2011 season things could get interesting with Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder set to test the free agent market as well.

You have to wonder if three $20 million plus per season first basemen on the market at one time would hurt the market for their services?

From all reports Gonzalez wants to stay with the Red Sox beyond 2011 and a deal seems imminent.

Pujols is of course a one in a generation player that should have no trouble getting a $25 million plus per season long-term deal.

Fielder could be the most interesting of the three. He should be motivated this season knowing whats on the line.

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Adam Wainwright may have significant ligament injury

February 23, 2011

Derrick Goold is reporting Adam Wainwright has flown back to St. Louis to be examined after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow.

Early speculation is Wainwright may need Tommy John Surgery. Wainwright tore his right elbow ligament in 2004.

If Wainwright is significantly injured it would be a huge blow to the Cardinals going into the 2011 season.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional

Afternoon Update Friday February 18, 2011

February 18, 2011

Jim Edmonds Retires
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professiona

Orioles Announced Deal with Vladimir Guerrero has been Finalized

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog

Orioles Place Alfredo Simon on Restricted List

http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/201

Vernon Wells Critical of Rangers Handling of Michael Young Situation

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/

Albert Pujols Deadline Passes

February 16, 2011

The deadline Albert Pujols imposed for negotiating a new with the Cardinals came and went with a whimper on Wednesday.

Multiple reports say the Cardinals were offering a deal in the 7-year range at around $20 million per season. The reported offer would have left Pujols at around the tenth highest paid player in the league.

This would certainly fall under the category of a low-ball offer it the reports are true.

Sure $20 million per season is a lot of money but Pujols is unquestionably the most productive hitter of the past 10-years.

Pujols is arguably the most important commodity in St. Louis with apologies to Stan Musial and The Gateway Arch. A player of such stature does not deserve an offer that is basically telling him to hit the bricks.

Late reports this evening say Pujols is open to talking deal with the Cardinals after the season, But you have to wonder if Pujols is merely playing the part of the good guy before going into a media shut down tomorrow?

Reports of a Cardinals offer today to Pujols is, “Inaccurate, Reckless and Outrageous.”

February 15, 2011

As Tweeted by Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports

http://twitter.com/#!/TBrownYahoo/status/377

Latest on Albert Pujols

February 15, 2011

Jon Heyman Says Deal Unlikely Before Wednesday Deadline

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011

Tony LaRussa Blasts Players Union in Pujols Negotiation

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-l

Royals Not Expected to Pursue Pujols in 2012

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/02/14/2655886/dont-

Royals Owner Says Pujols Not Worth $300 Million

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2011-02

 

Monday February 14, 2011 Day in Review

February 14, 2011

Albert Pujols and Cardinals Set Firm Negotiating Deadline for Wednesday.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2011

Carlos Marmol Agrees to 3-Year Extension with Cubs

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/3820

Jose Bautista and Blue Jays Closing on Long-Term Deal?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2011/news/story?id=6122357

Charlie Manuel Wants New Contract Signed Before Regular Season Starts

http://www.csnphilly.com/02/14/11/Manuels

Marlins Interested in Michael Young but Deal Unlikely

http://mlbbuzz.yardbarker.com/blog/mlbbuzz/marlins

Time Running Out for Albert Pujols and Cardinals

February 13, 2011

Albert Pujols reportedly rejected the Cardinals latest contract offer on Sunday, setting up the Armageddon scenario that has been talked about this off season.

Tuesday is reported to be the deadline for a new contract to be signed, or Pujols has stated he will walk at the end of the 2011 season.

The rejection of today’s offer would seem to make inking a deal by Tuesday a long-shot.

Multiple reports state Pujols is demanding a 10-year deal in the $300 million range. It is widely speculated that Pujols wants a salary similar to that of Alex Rodriguez . The Yankees deal with Rodriguez can reach a $30 million per season average if he reaches certain performance thresholds.

A side-by-side comparison between Pujols and Rodriguez would suggest he has been a more productive hitter with less protection in the lineup the past 10 years. So it is easy to understand where Pujols would want to be compensated at a rate near that of Rodriguez.

But is it realistic for Pujols to expect a deal that exceeds the Rodriguez contract?

That is a tough question.  Imagine you produced better than another person, but were told by your employer you would not meet or exceed that person’s salary. That’s a tough pill to swallow.

Of course we all realize guys like Rodriguez and Pujols are not nine-to-five workers like most of us. They are supremely talented, ultra-competitive individuals creating tens of millions of dollars of value for their owners in a multi-billion dollar industry.

The big issue I see is this: How many teams can realistically pay one player $30 million per season and hope to be a contender year in and year out?

Both the Yankees and  Red Sox would be the most obvious deep-pocketed suitors for Pujols. But with rosters full of huge contracts you have to think even they have their limits.

Sure there are other large market teams like the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Mets and Angels that will be mentioned if Pujols hits the free agent market. But a closer look casts doubt as to how many of those teams would be serious bidders for Pujols.

The Cubs are still licking their wounds for several bad contracts they have handed out the past few years, including Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Zambrano each earning upward of $20 million per season.

The Phillies broke the bank the past couple years with the addition of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee. Oh, and by the way, they have a first baseman named Ryan Howard signed to a long-term deal paying $25 million per season.

The Dodgers would likely be out with the continuing divorce saga and alleged cash flow problems of their owners, the McCourts.

The Mets would probably be out as they will likely be dealing with the fallout of their owners involvement with Bernie Madoff for the foreseeable future.

Rumors persist that they are seeking investors in the hopes of raising $250 million. And you can be sure the $250 million is not being raised to sign Albert Pujols.

The Angels would seem to be a logical candidate for Pujols. Especially after Angels owner, Arte Moreno said after last season he would spend what it takes to contend. He then proceeded to let big time free agents like Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre slip through his fingers.

Multiple sources reported Moreno balked at the asking price for Crawford and Beltre ultimately losing out on them both thus taking huge heat from the Angels fan base.

Moreno’s solution to the heat was to take on the bloated contract of Vernon Wells from the Blue Jays.

If Moreno would not pay Adrian Beltre $96 million over 6-years, it’s doubtful he is going to pay Albert Pujols $300 million over 10 years

The biggest question facing the Cardinals or other potential suitors after the 2011 season is how much will a 40-year-old Pujols be worth in year nine or 10 of a $300 million deal?

An under-performing 40-year-old first baseman earning $30 million per season would be the biggest albatross in major league history.

Latest on Albert Pujols

February 12, 2011

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak refused to comment on the Pujols negotiations on Saturday.

The Cardinals and Pujols seem no closer to a deal than they were at the end of the 2010 season.

They are reportedly leery of going beyond 7-years when Pujols is widely thought to be asking for a 10-year deal.

Both sides have said all along negotiations would be held in private. The long speculated deadline of the start of spring training is rapidly approaching with no resolution in sight.

Pujols is unquestionably the best hitter of the past 10-years and in baseball’s current economic landscape Pujols is undoubtedly worth the rumored $30 million per season asking price.

But the question facing the Cardinals or potential suitors after the 2011 season is how much will a 40 year old Pujols be worth in year 9 or 10?

An underperforming 40 year first baseman earning $30 million per season would be the biggest albatross in major league history.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/

Afternoon Update 2/11/11

February 11, 2011

Buster Olney Reports No Progress in Albert Pujols Negotiations

http://twitter.com/#!/Buster_ESPN/status/36120992627

Matt Holiday Reportedly Willing to Defer Salary to Help Keep Albert Pujols in St. Louis

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/p

Yankees Considered Getting Carl Pavano and Grant Balfour Via Sign and Trade with Diamondbacks

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/hardball/up_petti

Johan Santana Starts Throwing, No Timetable for Return

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/m

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/s

Dustin Pedroia Says His Foot is Fine and he is Ready for Spring Training

http://browniepoints.mlblogs.com/archives/2

Rickie Weeks and Brewers Still Hope to Agree to Contract Extension

http://brewersbeat.mlblogs.com/archives/201

Edinson Volquez Reportedly Rejected Four-Year Extension with Reds

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/02/vol

Jeremy Guthrie Avoids Arbitration with Orioles, Agrees to 1-Year $5.75 Million Deal

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/news/article