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January 16, 2011

Pujols Sets Spring Training as Contract Deadline

by @ 7:36 am. Filed under 2011 Cardinals

Yes, for a lot of people he’s our favorite player but at this point,Albert Pujols is putting the Cardinals in a bind.  The team will sign him to a big extension but until we know how much that’s going to be, the team has no cost certainty.  So we can’t let him go, but at least from what we’ve seen, there’s been no back and forth so until we get Pujols locked up, signing some of our other top notch players is going to be tough.

Anyway, this all made the news because Pujols said that if there’s no deal in place by the start of spring training, then contract talks will be off the table.  So if things weren’t quickly before, they’re going to have to speed up soon because that’s just over a month away.  I’ve heard everything from 10 year, $300 million to a nine year deal being bounced around but all I know is, getting past this is going to be huge for the team because it will bring some certainty to what their costs are going to be moving forward.

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