Albert Pujols’ self-imposed contract negotiation deadline has passed without a deal getting done. This means that the St. Louis Cardinals All-Star will test the free agent waters next year and sign with a team that will pay him real money. Not the nominal $16 million a year that he’ll receive this year, but real money, as in $30 million a year.
Pujols is the best player in baseball and deserves to be the highest paid. However, $30 million a year for 10 years is simply too much for the Cardinals too afford. That type of money is something for the Yankees or Red Sox to spend; not for the rest of MLB.
Is Pujols worth $30 million a year? I don’t think that any player deserves that kind of money, but based on what teams generally spend for comparable players, yes, he is worth the money.
So who is to blame for a deal not getting done? Is it Pujols for being greedy? The Cardinals for being stingy? I really don’t know if there is anyone to blame, but I do know that the average fan is turned off by this “major” contract dispute. A fan thinks to himself, “He wants $30 million, they are only willing to give him $20 million, and here I am worried about feeding my family.”
Our hearts go out to Albert for the travesty that the Cardinals are putting him through. It should be his biggest problem.