MLB Analysis: Will Cardinals Make Pujols the First $300M Player?

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How many times can the press write the exact same story about Albert Pujols and the Cardinals talking about contract extension?

The three-time NL MVP has repeatedly stated he will not negotiate once he reports to Jupiter, Fla., to begin his 12th season with the organization. The Cardinals, Pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 13, with infielders and outfielders reporting on Feb. 18.

It seems that every time General manager John Mozeliak and Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano have a conversation, we have to read a news headline that they had a conversation. If Mozeliak and Lozano go golfing tomorrow, do we really need to know their score?

Here’s today’s headline:

Negotiations between the club and Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, resumed this week and have taken on a "positive" tone, according to several sources familiar with the process.

Unless there is something to report like “an offer has been made” or “no offer is going to be made” exactly what are we supposed to do with this information?

This negotiation is much like the Derek Jeter negotiation. Was there anyone who seriously thought that Jeter was going to play somewhere else? Where was he going to go, Boston? We actually tried to have fun with it here on the site and suggest “What if Jeter did the unthinkable and went to the Red Sox” and frankly, after about 5 minutes of fun and games it became boring.

There is only one active player who has had a career path remotely resembling anything that Albert Pujols is putting together and that’s Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod set the record for the highest baseball contract with his $252 million, 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers in December 2000. On Oct. 28, during the final game of the World Series, he opted out of that contract and that December he bested his previous mark $275 million, 10-year agreement with the New York Yankees.

There is only one question with regard to Pujols and his next contract and that is the following:

Will the St. Louis Cardinals make Albert the first $300 million MLB player?

Until someone has some information concerning that matter, let’s not talk anymore about this nonsense. - Josh Bolan

Josh is a retired AP baseball reporter and now works as a freelance writer in Fresno California. Josh has been contributing to baseball publications as a writer since 1996.

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