Albert Pujols enters spring training with no hard feelings that a contract didnt come to terms with the Cardinals. Although, some major speculation that the Cubs would be highly interested in the Redbird slugger in the 2012 season. Rumors being highly hypothetical about the Washington Nationals signing Pujols have actually gained some momentum, and might actually turn into a reality in 2012. But regardless. If both clubs want AP, they will undoubtedly have to start saving money NOW. Pujols was initially offered an 8-year $200 million dollar contract which he respectfully declined. He countered that offer with a 10-year $300 million dollar offer to include part ownership of the St Louis Cardinals. None of this should come as a surprise as Albert Pujols is arguabley the best baseball player in the Major Leagues as of right now. Pujols has stood firm on his self-imposed deadline to cease talks about contract terms once he arrived at Spring Training. Well, he’s arrived. Talks are off. To include myself. Just kidding baseball fans! As I find out more on this SO WILL YOU.
Another legendary slugger makes headlines as well this week. Ken Griffey Jr is back in Seattle. No, he wont be starting in the outfield or filling a DH spot. Griffey will be working as a “special consultant” for the Mariners during Spring Training, and most likely throughout the regular season. Will he be at Safeco on opening day? Sources say he has some conflicts that require resolution prior to coming to Safeco, and no details were provided on what those conflicts are, so the answer is no. Griffey will not be at opening day on April 8th. Edgar Martinez, Dan Wilson, Jay Buhner, and John Olerud are also expected to help out during spring training. The reason for all these former Mariners showing up to help? New skipper Eric Wedge wants to signify just how important being a Mariner is.
Manny Ramirez wants to show the Tampa Bay Rays what hes really made of. “I just have a chip on my shoulder,” Ramirez said. ” I want to get here and get my stuff right and show people I can play.” A properly motivated Ramirez can be a very productive Ramirez. Boston Redsox fans can agree to that. Ramirez signed a one year deal with the Rays on the first of February, and the 37 year old seems pretty happy about his situation. Teaming up with a former teammate from Boston, Johnny Damon, Ramirez has big plans for this season but was very nonchalant about the fact that he is only 45 home runs away from the 600 home run milestone. ” I havent thought about it,” Ramirez said. “It doesnt matter, man. –600, 500, 800..because, you know, when you die, none of this matters. They could build you a statue or whatever, but it doesnt matter when you die.” Ramirez said. Well, if Manny Ramirez ever gets to 800 home runs Im sure they will build him a statue.
Stephen Strasburg returned to the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium earlier today. Although, he isnt scheduled to start in a Major League game until much later in the season, he was still able to throw with the pitchers and catchers today. ” It was just another day. It felt good.” Strasburg said. Strasburg is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery from last season, and he isnt quite able to throw off the mound yet but he has been able to throw from flat ground since January. Today he felt comfortable, and hes on track to make his full recovery.
Spring Training has finally arrived! Are you as excited as I am? Lets hope so! The 2011 Baseball season should be a fantastic year for players, and fans alike. But there is still some major unfinished business with some big name players around the league. So lets get started on these topics so we can kick off this first week of Spring Training on a good note!
Talk on Albert Pujols major contract details have still remained under the radar. With the fast approaching self-imposed zero hour clicking closer with every day so far nothing has been done. We all know by now that Pujols doesnt want to talk contracts when hes trying to focus on baseball even during spring training. But management is quite confused of the actual zero hour that Pujols has self-imposed. Is the deadline when he arrives in Florida, or when he begins his first workout, or at midnight on a particular day? No one is very clear on this. Except Pujols. And possibly his agent.
With the recent contract proposal made by the Cardinals to Albert Pujols being rejected sources are unsure of the details, and IF a deal will be made by the deadline. Apparently, the deadline is set for February 15th. Pujols has said that contract talks will cease on Tuesday so he can focus on the game. “Theyre working to get it set, ” La Russa said. ” Fingers crossed. In the meantime, we’ve got a really good club, and hes a part of it — and we’ve got to get ready.” stated La Russa. Its also been word on the block that even Matt Holliday, another Cardinal slugger, was willing to give up some of his own money to make the Pujols deal go through. “If they came to me and said, ‘Hey, this is what it’s going to take to get Albert done, would you do it again or do more?’… if that’s what it took, I’d be willing to do that.” Having realized what he said, he added, “Scott Boras probably wouldn’t like me to say that…” Holliday said on the Mike and Mike radio broadcast.
Of course if no deal is made before the Pujols self-imposed deadline that doesnt mean the end of the line for club and player. The Cardinals have a negotiating window for five days after the World Series has ended. And even after that window closes that doesnt mean the end of the line either. The Cardinals signed Matt Holliday out of free agency in the winter of 2009-10. The free agency market seems some what undetermined though. Just because this guy got a huge contract and that guy signed for a huge contract doesnt mean that Pujols will end up in the select elite few. For all we know NO offers towards Pujols may be the future but rumors state that the Baltimore Orioles are one team that will be bidding aggressively if Pujols hits the free agency market.
But like it or not I just dont see Albert Pujols pulling down $30 million dollars a year with the Cardinals. But Im just a fan of the game. Im not management or ownership. So I dont know what it takes to keep an athlete like Pujols on my team.
More Cardinals news. Jim Edmonds, as we all know, as been harassing Tony La Russa to become a Cardinal again. He even made an appearance at the 2009 Cardinals Winter Warm-up, and jokingly made a pass at Tony La Russa if he would consider allowing him to play on the team again. Finally its become a reality. A couple of weeks ago Jim Edmonds signed with the Cardinals again but in a minor league contract. He will be reporting to spring training camp in about five days, and he seems pretty optimistic about his ability to be productive on the field. Edmonds is also recovering from surgery on his left Achillies tendon, He has yet to undergo a physical for the club, and until he does, his situation remains uncertain with the Cardinals. ” I think its coming down to just the health,” La Russa said on Sunday.” He had the surgery. I havent talked to him in the last few days, but I know that the last time I talked to him he was hobbled…I think its health driven at this point.”
Edmonds will try to make the team this year, and join the Cardinals at spring training camp as a non-roster invitee. But if his health isnt 100% that will compromise him not making the team.
Hey, did you guys hear? Mark McGwire did steroids!
Until next time baseball fans! Spring Training his officially here, Im pumped, and Ill hit the highlights sometime this week!