I'm glad the Cardinals were able to work out a contract with one of the best players in the majors, Yadier Molina.
So I don't want to sound like I am sounding a negative tone.
But it really makes me wonder if the way the Cardinals pro-actively pursued Molina if they learned something with the way they blew the Pujols talks. Or if this is the most definitive sign that they never really wanted to try to sign Albert in the first place.
Pujols came to camp in 2010 and said he wanted to get a deal done and the Cardinals drug their feet. Pujols came to camp in 2011 and said he wanted to get a deal done and the Cardinals drug their feet.
Molina came to camp in 2012 and said he wanted to get a deal done... and the Cardinals sat down with him in a face-to-face meeting to hash out what it would take to get him to stay and in the matter of a few days were able to convince a hacked off player who questioned the team's motives that he was a priority. So Yadi signed a contract that will keep him in St. Louis for the rest of his prime and possibly for his whole career...
I will always wonder if the Redbirds would have treated Pujols like they treated Yadi if he would have come through on his statements that he would have signed at a team-friendly rate.