Before the first spring training pitch of 2011 has been thrown, the St. Louis Cardinals will have a strong glance into their future for 2012 and beyond.
The Cardinals star slugging first baseman will reach his deadline on signing a contract extension within the next couple of days. If the franchise fails to reach Albert's demands, then it seems to be almost certain that Pujols will no longer be wearing the St. Louis Cardinals red and white.
As of today, Monday, February 14th, several media outlets, including Buster Olney, are reporting that the Cardinals and Pujols are not close to a deal.
The Cardinals made an offer just the other day, and the Pujols camp shot it down immediately.
If the word on the street is accurate, then it is going to take more than the Alex Rodriguez contract of 10 years, $275 million. Apparently, Albert Pujols is looking to be compensated at 10 years, for roughly $300 million.
When that sort of money is being thrown around, most people tend to think it is outrageous, and there is no way someone is going to pay a player, especially a 31 year old first baseman, 10 years worth of $30 million installments.
Does Albert Pujols deserve this money?
Well I can tell you that Pujols has not even cracked the top 10 salary mark of all MLB players during his career. While during the span of the past 5-7 years, many would argue that he has been the best player in baseball, so there might be some logic that says that Pujols has earned this payday.Then there are others that will say that no athlete deserves to make that sort of money for playing a sport.
Whether you think Pujols deserves this money or not, someone is likely going to give Albert Pujols $300 million. The market for a MLB player of Albert Pujols stature has been set, and the fair market value (based on what other players have been paid) is the $300 million that Pujols is demanding.
Any time you start talking about a salary like that, several franchises come to your mind that can afford that, and several franchises become instantly eliminated from the mix.
This list is intended to come up with the Top 5 Franchises that Will NOT sign Albert Pujols.
Obviously, this list is not going to include the likes of the Pirates, Marlins or Rays. This list is intended to eliminate 5 teams that can afford Pujols, but will not pay him.