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…
Everyone reported on the negotiation deadline being pushed back to Wednesday in deference to Stan Musial‘s Presidential Medal of Freedom award ceremony on Tuesday:
A fourth grader in the St. Louis area calculated Pujols’ worth using his own system and came up with $32 million per.
Charlie Marlow’s “The Pujols Manifesto” outlines why he thinks the deadlines and negotiating tactics are all bluster.
Bob Nightengale says that the Cardinals have waited too long to try to get Pujols to extend his deal.
Bob Dutton at the KC Star has word from Royals owner David Glass that they don’t have any plans on signing Pujols, at least not to a 10 year, $300 million deal.
Rob Neyer says that a $300 million dollar deal could cripple the Cardinals.
Mark Kriegel argues that “the market” isn’t there for a record-setting deal for Pujols. Kreigel says that conditions do not favor Albert currently, given other factors with the teams who could well pay what Pujols is seeking.
Paul Daugherty believes that Pujols signing anywhere but St. Louis could signal the end of MLB’s prized parity.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune says that the Cubs should write Pujols a blank check. Pay him whatever he wants to bring an icon to the north side.
Big League Stew runs down the scenario after reports of Pujols rejecting an offer two weeks ago.
GCOBB.com reports that Charlie Manuel won’t negotiate a contract extension with the Phillies after the season starts. He doesn’t want the negotiations to become a distraction. Where have I heard this before?
More rampant speculation on possible Pujols bidders from Business Insider.
Crunch Sports draws comparisons between the Pujols and Carmelo Anthony situations. Weird.
Waiting for Next Year makes a better comparison to Anthony, throwing LeBron James into the mix as well. WFNY suggests that perhaps free agency has gone too far.
Craig Calcaterra ran down an appearance by Scott Boras on Sirius/XM radio, with Boras tearing down Tony La Russa‘s earlier comments about the MLBPA putting pressure on Pujols to get the biggest deal he can.
I don’t have to tell you how great everything Joe Posnanski writes is. This bit on Pujols and his worth – to St. Louis, to other teams, and even to himself and his desire to prove people wrong – is no different. Read it.
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