Waiting for the Machine

waitingforguffman.jpgGodot and Guffman got nothin’ on the MACHINE.

Nothin’.  Nada.  ZE-RO.

Which is why waiting is so hard.  Sure, we all knew the day would come when Albert Pujols would reach free agency and have the opportunity to test the free agent market — a market that would surely reward him with a plus $30 million a year contract.  But we’ve also known that his underlying, true desire is to remain a Redbird.  For life.  To work it out.

We think.

AGGGGHHHH!!!

I can’t take it, dear readers!  It’s too disturbing an unknown to just let it be and hope for the best, especially now that a timely gauntlet the size of Barry Bonds’ forehead has been thrown down.  To be honest, until a deal has been struck and Albert’s mug is securely tied to the birds on the bat forever and ever, I probably won’t get much non-beer-aided sleep.

My feelings that Bill DeWitt and John Mozeliak would not have offered Matt Holliday the sort of contract he received unless they had a plan for re-signing Pujols longterm remain intact.  No front office would be so stupid as to waste Albert’s money on a guy who dropped the 2009 NLDS ball.  I think.

I hope.

I WANT.

I’ll KILL!!!!!!!!!

Excuse me.  Sorry.  Won’t happen again (today).

Of course, I’m no dummy.  And I do realize that signing Albert to the kind of multi-year contract his ability commands would probably bankrupt the team’s flexibility to build a solid supporting cast around him in the future… but I, like many naive Cardinal maniacs out there, still cling to the idea that Albert would be hip to such a situation and be an active part in deferring funds so that a full team could be assembled, to win.

‘Cuz after all, that’s what Albert really wants.

He wants to win.

And so do I.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to concentrate on that desire until this contract situation is over.

You have 27 days, boys.  27 days.

Get ‘er done.

And don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

10 Comments

Albert Pujols is definitely a true Cardinal. I think the reason why it’s taking so long to work something out is all of the reasons that you mentioned. Pay him $30 Million a year and there isn’t much money left for other players. Unless he is willing to give St. Louis a home town discount, the Cardinals may be hesitant to extend his contract. It is certainly a sticky situation and there are no easy answers to be sure, but in the end, I m sure it will all get worked out. Like you said, King Albert wants to win above all else and I think he will accomodate the Redbirds. Besides, the Cubs / Cardinals rivalry wouldn’t be the same without Pujols. Even as a Cubs’ fan, I have to admit that he is the greatest player on the planet, hands down. Good luck with that! And, uh, try to get some sleep. It’ll be alright.

Actually the Cardinals aren’t locked into too much salary after the 2011 season. Without Albert they are sitting at about 90 million, it’s not a crazy amount and gives room for the Cards to go 25-30 million on Pujols. In 2010 they were at $113M.
http://wrigleyregular.mlblogs.com/

I asked the question on another blog if they felt Albert Pujols might be the MLB’s first $ 30 million dollar man.
Then I stepped back a hair and remembered what he means to the St Louis community both as an inspiration and a cult hero for so many.
Then I remember him pounding the ball off Big Mac-land and wondering if he can top his last 5 years, or will he never slow down until his own Kryptonite is found.
I suppose a home-town discount might be in order so he doesn’t bankruptany moves to keep pieces in place to contend with him for a NL Central crown….$30 million dollars is coming for a player.
It might be Pujols, I can think of no one else in baseball more deserving of the mark.

Rays Renegade
http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

If I’m DeWitt or Mozeliak, I go in to the meeting with Pujols and ask, “what do you want?” Then I say, “You got it!”. End of story. I think he will sign before long and I normally want players to stay with their team that they began their career with if at all possible. However, there is a part of me that would love to see him become a free agent and sign with the Cubs. I know it’s not happening, but he’s the best player in baseball. Who wouldn’t want him?!?!

Ron

http://strictlycubsbaseball.mlblogs.com/

Diehard — I’m trying… though I’ve exhausted the sleep-aid market ;-)
Russel — Might not be locked in, no, but how can we resign Wainwright and/or Carp if most of the team’s budget goes to pay Albert and Holliday? Just won’t work in the ‘Lou without some compromise on both sides.
RR — Last year was sort of a down year for him… and if that’s all he has left, I’ll take it every year no question.
Ron — I wish it were that easy… still, if I were DeWitt, this would be over already!
–Jeff

I can’t see him in another uniform and they won’t let him leave.
http://paullebowitz.com.previewyoursite.com/blog/?p=252

No home town discount. Why should Pujols have to do that? The Cardinals should pay him whatever he wants. He’s the best player in the game.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

While I agree with you in principle, Jane, if we do pay him what the best player in the game deserves, there won’t be any money left to pay anyone else of decent talent on the team. St. Louis isn’t the Bronx, Boston or L.A. They’re on a budget.
–Jeff

Unlike the case with Godot, I’m sure you won’t be waiting forever with no results on this one…and school children won’t be tortured with AP exam questions on the subject either, LOL. I just can’t picture Pujols in any other uniform and, ultimately, I don’t think he wants to wear any other uniform. This is likely to be drawn out until hours before Spring Training, so no one will blame you if you stock up on 80 proof sleep aids, but I think you’ll be happy in the end.
– Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

Kristen — As long as I get that happy ending (double entendre anyone?) I will try to focus and chill out… like you mention, at least he ain’t Godot.
–Jeff

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