Nightengale details the Albert Pujols negotiations

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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.