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…
No, let’s call the deadline what it is, a negotiating tactic. The only distracted people are the fretting members of Cardinal Nation, calling talk radio on company time, reading the latest Internet rumors instead of finishing those spread sheets. If Wednesday comes and goes with no new deal, it’s going to be a long, unproductive summer for them.
Joe Strauss with more at the Post-Dispatch about the offer that was rejected two weeks ago, even though as of ten days ago no offer had been made. Apparently John Mozeliak and Dan Lozano are witches or time-shifters of some sort. Or maybe these national guys with anonymous sources are being played like fools. Hrmm.
Matt Holliday would defer more money if it meant the Cards could get a Pujols deal done. Somewhere, a little piece of Scott Boras just died.
Matthew Leach says that there remains uncertainty about when the deadline for negotiations actually expires.
Dennis is thinking creatively – like, outside the CBA creative. It’s still magnificent in it’s sensibility.
B.J. Rains reports that Tony La Russa says things will be business as usual at Cards camp. La Russa apparently isn’t aware that Pujols even gets paid to play ball, much less that there is a dispute over how much. La Russa then stuck his head in the sand and yelled “LA LA LA LA LA CAN’T HEAR YOU”.
Paul Daugherty writes about Pujols, one-team players, and the impact on the Cincinnati Reds.
The Baltimore Sun had a write-up of comments from Orioles GM Andy MacPhail with comments on Pujols, and how the Orioles might find themselves hard-pressed to enter the fray.
Joel Sherman includes a quote from an AL exec that says signing Pujols: “would be to the Cubs what [Barry] Bonds was to the Giants, but with a nicer face and nine games a year at Busch Stadium.”
Tom Haudricourt from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is keeping tabs on the Pujols negotiations with an eye on what it could mean for Prince Fielder.
Bob Nightengale incites riots across downtown St. Louis with this piece. Wait, what? There’s no one in downtown St. Louis? Well, someone should check on Brentwood then.
More unnamed sources think a deal will eventually get done. Drew Silva passed said unattributed information along. TICK TOCK MANG.
Craig Brown from Royals Authority addresses the “Pujols to Kansas City” thing (it’s not really a rumor, is it? just kind of something that found it’s way out there? no one believes this is possible, right? ok.) at ESPN.com’s SweetSpot. Says it’s a no-go.
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