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…
Matthew Leach puts into black and white print (well, on a screen at least) what many Cardinal fans hoped and prayed they’d never see: “Pujols is now able to talk terms with any and every team in baseball…”
Rick Hummel of the Post-Dispatch talked to Cards Chairman Bill DeWitt, and strangely enough, Pujols’ free agency came up…
Tony Paul of The Detroit News lists Pujols as the top available free agent (duh) and predicts that he stays in St. Louis for eight years, $200 million. Sold.
SI.com’s Cliff Corcoran runs down the entire NL Central in a Hot Stove Preview. (It includes Pujols.)
Matt Mosley Of FoxSportsSouthwest.com quotes Texas GM Jon Daniels as saying, regarding Pujols: “It’s unlikely, but I wouldn’t rule anything out.”
A review of free-agent infielders at USA Today also contains a prediction that Pujols remains a Cardinal.
Lots of folks at CBSSports.com think Pujols returns to the Cards. One thinks Yankees (but he’s trolling) and another thinks Marlins.
Ken Rosenthal says that signing Pujols or Fielder could make sense for the Dodgers, regardless of who owns the team going forward. (I tend to agree.)
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on the Dan Patrick Show that the Yanks aren’t likely to pursue Pujols and will go after pitching instead. As I recall, they weren’t going to go after Mark Teixeira either, right?
Brian McTaggart wrote about Pujols and Fielder at MLB.com – the chart at the right caught my eye. Look at those ridiculous WAR numbers. Pretty.
Jon Heyman says that the Cards’ offer to AP will remain the same, and there is little wiggle room. But maybe there’s wiggle room, with their coffers full from winning the World Series. Which is it, Jon?
OMG! Albert and Deidre Pujols were at the airport in St. Louis! (Deadspin link, language)
Ryan Campbell lays out a scenario at Fangraphs in which the Cards could reasonably improve without signing Pujols. It would still cost a lot of money.
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