On the morning of January 19th, I started collecting links – as many as I can find with minimal effort – that discuss the Albert Pujols contract discussions. Why? Who knows, yet here they are. Oh, and to serve you all, our three loyal readers! The Daily Pujols certainly won’t be a comprehensive list, but between local, national, and blog coverage, maybe you’ll find something here you otherwise wouldn’t. Without further delay, here is today’s Daily Pujols…
So in the completely unexpected department, The Daily Pujols was mentioned in a piece by Jon Morosi on FoxSports.com today. (Thanks Jon!) It occurs to me however, that the nature of Morosi’s article lumped The DP in with hysteria and anxiety regarding the possibility of Albert Pujols not re-upping with the Cardinals. On the contrary, this assemblage of links was started as my tongue-in-cheek way of kind of poking fun at the ridiculous amount of chatter on the interwebz about the Pujols contract, and I thought (hoped?) that sarcasm came through. Maybe? Maybe not? Readers, did you get that? Anyway, we appreciate the cap tip from Mr. Morosi nonetheless, and will continue. On with the links!
CHILL OUT! Claibs has spoken.
An excellent use of ‘flapdoodle’ at Aaron Miles’ Fastball.
Seth Herrold at the Trenton (MO) Republican-Times thinks it best for the Cards to call Pujols’ bluff, as it were. Let him see that they aren’t just going to pay him because he’s AP, and find out if that checks him. I don’t think it’s an awful position to take.
Dennis tries to talk reason into the fanbase. Is this a fanbase that can be reasoned with? You tell me – see “comments” section below.
OMG! It’s a poll! Go vote! Is Pujols worth $300mm?
Jon Heyman says that there’s no way a deal gets done. I’m starting to keep a tally of folks this sure of themselves, just in case.
Drew Silva finally says what I’ve been thinking at Hardball Talk. If you think that the Red Sox and Yankees will recuse themselves from Pujols bidding, I think you are insane. I like you, but I think you’re insane.
Jason Rosenberg of IIATMS and sometimes ESPN’s SweetSpot says the same. It only takes one of the Yanks or Red Sox to flinch and they’re both in the race.
More “how could Pujols leave the Cardinals?” from Hal Bodley at MLB.com. For money Hal, that’s how.
Pujols to the Orioles? Why not, right Matt Vensel? Seriously, could we rule any team out at this point?
The aforementioned Mr. Heyman, with a less-inspiring follow-up. I stopped reading here: “One person, not involved in the negotiations, said he heard…” Goodness that sounds like some awe-inspiring credibility.
For something new, Matt Holliday has offered to defer further monies if it will help the club re-sign Pujols. Kudos, Matty. You know how to play the St. Louis fans. While I don’t doubt Holliday’s offer is sincere, this (over-arching, not this comment specifically) is also a reason why Holliday will eventually be viewed as one of the greats to wear the Cardinal red. Book it.
Finally, celebrated blogger Murray Chass chimes in. Chass does well to discuss one topic that’s floated around the periphery in the Pujols negotiations, the one of partial franchise ownership in contract negotiations. But he out-Olney’s Buster Olney, and out-Heyman’s Jon Heyman on this line… “I heard that figure from someone who heard it from a fellow who lives in St. Louis and is well-connected with the team’s owners.” That has to be a joke, right? Heard this: from someone who Heard this: from some guy who lives in St. Louis: cuts DeWitt’s lawn. My goodness, this is silly. Way to be an enabler, Jon Morosi.
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