The Daily Pujols – 12.08.2011

by on December 8, 2011 · 2 comments

English: Albert Pujols in 2009.

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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…

I gotta be real with y’all – REAL real – I hope Pujols signs somewhere soon. This link-sifting is getting old. ;)

Local

Wondering if Albert Pujols has signed yet? Just refresh the Cardinal Beat blog at STLToday.com every half-hour or so, ok?

Randy Reinhardt says the Cards need to sign Pujols – no matter the cost.

Matthew Leach: Cardinals offer confirmed.

Bernie Miklasz with deep breaths and level-headedness.

More Miklasz, on the back-and-forth, head-and-heart reactions to Pujols contract offers and whether the Cards should or shouldn’t make every effort to keep him.

Fox 2 notes that Stan Musial would like Pujols to stay in St. Louis, as a Cardinal.

National

The Cubs apparently still really like Rodrigo Lopez. Or is it Pujols? Nah, Lopez. But Pujols…

Joe Frisaro mapped out almost the exact strategy that we saw play out today. Out on Pujols, Marlins switch to free-agent pitchers.

THE MARLINS WERE LATE FOR A MEETING!

The “Big 3?” No wonder Pujols distanced himself from that garbage. You all saw what happened to the Heat’s Big 3.

“Fab 4?” *facepalm*

Tom Haudricourt wonders whether Cubs would prefer Pujols or Prince Fielder – answer? Neither is going to sign with Milwaukee.

It would seem as if Pujols and Fielder are too pricey for the Cleveland Indians. Glad we got that out of the way.

Dave Hyde calls the Marlins’ spending spree and pursuit of Pujols “appropriate madness.”

Tyler Kepner discusses what I still think is one of the larger looming factors in Pujols’ decision: “But in Miami, he would be a mercenary, without the bulletproof force field we put around players who spend their whole careers with one team. Only the Cardinals can offer that, no matter how much money the Marlins are willing to pay him.”

Er, the Angels? Say what now?

Yep, the Angels.  The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Let him leave! — Tom Verducci.

Bill Dwyre thinks everyone in the bidding war is NUTS.

Blogs

According to Cubs Den, Theo Epstein may be just nosing around in pretty much everyone’s business, waiting to see a good, efficient place to strike.

Dave Cameron of FanGraphs takes an interesting analytic approach to questions about Pujols’ age. How did he compare to others in the minors?

Ozzie Guillen said he would not have been paying Pujols’ salary, had he signed with the Marlins. Thanks for the insight, Ozzie.

Marc Normandin reviews ten-year contracts and how Pujols fits into the “club.”

Here at this very site, Dennis took a broader scope view of the negotiations and those badgering Pujols over making a decision about what’s best for HIM.

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