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.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.