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 Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.
Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.
Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.
ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.
After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.