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Poll: Is Pujols Worth $220 Million for 10 Years?

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Cardinals show El Hombre the bling.
So, the Cardinals have apparently done what they've tried to avoid up till now: mortgage the team's future on a single player.

The Post-Dispatch reports today that Bill DeWitt Jr. & Co. have offered Albert Pujols $220 million over 10 years. That offer seems to best the deal from the Florida Marlins that's closer to $200 million over 10 years. A third team -- not named -- has reportedly joined the bidding as well, offering Pujols a 10-year deal that would have him playing till age 41.

Last winter the Cardinals offered Pujols $198 million for nine years. That said, is the new offer really that much more of financial burden than the previous bid? Or is $220 million too much to pay any player whose best days are probably behind him?

Cast you vote in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comment section.


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Jon
Jon

The Cards already owe him Back Pay for his outperforming his contracts over the past 11 years. They should be paying him more IMHO

megarockradiostl
megarockradiostl

If people don't like the price then don't go to the games. Don't buy merchandise. Don't watch them on TV. Demand MLB institute a salary cap because they already make way too much money for what they do. It's not Albert's fault and when you are the 'best in baseball' you deserve to be paid like it until which time the fans of baseball demand that change. No one has done that yet.

handsome jimmy
handsome jimmy

$220 over ten years is way out of line, but that is the market price for dude. 

e1612
e1612

We don't need to stereotype him by the typical age trends.  Who's to say he's past his prime? I see no sign of decline in ability or passion.Maybe some players won't last beyond their 20s, but Albert is not the average player.  He's done nothing but show greatness, so give him a change to continue.  He's worth it.

Mike N.
Mike N.

A certain currently-suspened radio talk show host claims Albert is already pushing 41, and I have to admit, he doesn't look 30, but I dunno.

crashtest
crashtest

"If people don't like the price then don't go to the games."......well, that's pretty much how I feel and what I do.

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

He might be worth is, but:1) His numbers have declined over the past 3 seasons.2) Unless you're drug-aided (Bonds, McGwire), baseball performance declines after age 32 or so.  3) If "passion" was compensable, David Eckstein would be worth 40M a year.

Brad Hicks
Brad Hicks

According to Wikipedia, he's 31. He'll be 41 in 10 years. I don't know a lot about baseball, but I don't remember there being all that many 41 year olds who are worth $22m/yr. They'll probably pay it, though.

Mike N.
Mike N.

Well if it's on Wikipedia, it must be true!  But seriously, lots of people who claim to be in-the-know think he's lying about his age, including the Marlins:  http://articles.businessinside...

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