Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Cardinals Offer Pujols 8-Year Contract
Goonies never say die, and apparently neither do the Cardinals.
According to SI's Jon Heyman, the Cardinals have made an eight year contract offer to superstar first baseman Albert Pujols. While details of the proposal aren't known, Heyman's confirmed that the offer was for less than $30M per season. With only 15 hours remaining in the negotiating window, prospects of a deal coming together appear bleak. Still, it's important to note that deals like this frequently come together quickly at the last moment.
One interesting thing to note. According to Heyman, Pujols's negotiating team, at one point, "asked for piece of the team." While this isn't technically possible, it's incredibly complicated, and would likely need buy in from the Players Union. Understandably, the Cardinals declined.
Pujols has been reported to be seeking a ten year $275M contract on par with the one Alex Rodriguez received from the Yankees after the 2007 season. The deadline to sign Pujols is noon on Wednesday.