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I don't blame Tony LaRussa for saying, "I'm going to find a place to cry" after learning the diagnosis of Pujols' injury. He obviously means so much to LaRussa, the St. Louis Cardinals and all of baseball that his loss for up to two months is devastating.
To date, the Cardinals are 2-5 without him. If it is more of the same in the next six weeks, the Cardinals will painfully find out just how badly they need to re-sign Pujols.
As a result, I would not blame the Cardinals at all for trying to re-establish contract talks with Pujols in season. Pujols said when the season started he would not want to discuss his contract anymore, but now is at least a good time to find out what each side is thinking.
It was rumored in the offseason that the Cardinals offered 10 years and more than $200 million dollars. How much more is anyone's guess. Many sources say Pujols was seeking 10 years and $300 million. That seems like a rather large gap to keep Pujols in St. Louis.
Certainly the Cardinals could revisit contract talks with Pujols in hopes of a discount, but Pujols still has time left this season to prove his health. In addition, the Players Association will want Pujols, perhaps the face of baseball, to have a record-breaking contract. If he does prove healthy, he may do just that.
It is clear the Cardinals must start talking and do whatever it takes to keep Albert Pujols in St. Louis.