USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale has an excellent article on what’s happened to date and what’s still to come in Albert Pujols’ contract negotiations with the Cardinals. A couple of the highlights:
– Two sources told Nightengale that the Cards’ offer to Pujols last winter was for $195 million over nine years, not the $220 million-$230 million originally reported. That seems awfully low for baseball’s best player.
– Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano, and Cards GM John Mozeliak have spoken just twice since the two sides agreed to shelve talks in spring training.
Also, there’s this quote from Tony La Russa:
Look, we’ve got a great organization. You got a great player. Albert wants to stay. They want him to stay. If there’s any way to work it, they’ll work it.
But the reality is that this is a different climate than it used to be. I don’t know if they can work out a deal or not.
The whole article is worth reading, so check it out.
The Rockies are looking for a “front-of-rotation-type pitcher,” per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. He notes that the club is also in on free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.
Starting pitching has not been the Rockies’ strong suit in recent years. The club had baseball’s fifth-worst rotation ERA in baseball this past season at 4.79. It’s tough to entice big-name free agent pitchers to pitch given how their stats are adversely affected by the hitter-friendly nature of Coors Field. Trading would be one way around that.
Though Chris Sale is off the board, the Rockies could still try to pry Chris Archer from the Rays or Jose Quintana from the White Sox.
As presently constructed, the Rockies’ rotation includes Chad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, and German Marquez.
SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo passes along an interesting piece of information. New Yankees OF/DH Matt Holliday has a no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block a trade to exactly one team: the Athletics.
Holliday was briefly a member of the A’s back in 2009. He had a decent two months in Oakland, so it isn’t as if he feels he couldn’t produce there. However, the A’s do play their home games at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, which is the fifth-oldest stadium in baseball, having opened in 1966. You may recall that the Coliseum has had some issues recently. Three years ago, the coaches’ bathroom overflowed with sewage and sewage also came out of faucets. Earlier this year, there were more plumbing issues as the Yankees’ clubhouse toilet was backed up and water overflowed into the dugout. It’s understandable why Holliday might not want to play half his games there.