As we've discussed before on these virtual pages, it only takes one idiot when a player hits the free agent market to make a stupid offer and turn reason on its ear.
And SI.com's Jon Heyman quoted his favorite source -- an unindentified "competing baseball exec" -- predicted that if Albert Pujols hits the open market after the 2011 season the Cubs' general manager will be that idiot.
He tweeted: one competing baseball exec told me he believes #cubs will offer pujols the a-rod deal ($10 mil, $27.5 mil./yr).
Despite the boo boo in the typing, it's pretty obvious in context that he means 10 years/$27.5 million annually...
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And why wouldn't the Wee Bears do this? They have a ton of their previous stupid contracts coming off the books in 2012 and a vacancy opening up at first base. Don't forget, these are the people who gave Alfonso Soriano $136 million over eight seasons in 2007 to help ratchet out of control major league salaries another notch.
If money is the most important thing to Albert Pujols, I guess the offer is something Pujols will have to consider.
While I have sided firmly with Pujols in his standoff with the Cardinals -- largely because the only reason this spiraled out of control in the first place is the way the Redbirds have completely mishandled it -- it's disappointing the way he has handled this situation, too.
For all of his talk about wanting to play for the Cardinals and in front of the St. Louis fans for the rest of his career, Pujols has allowed his people to exploit every advantage he has in the marketplace to the point of visciousness.
Yeah, I know some will say that a player is worth as much as he can get. But Pujols knows that it will be crippling to the Cardinals to pay him $30 million a season when he is in his late 30s and early 40s. At what point is enough going to be enough?
Pujols, if he accepted a five-year contract for $30 million a year would have made at least well over a quarter of a billion dollars just to play baseball. Can't he live pretty well on that?
I asked a couple of weeks ago whether Pujols would prefer to have a seven-year deal from the Cardinals that would give him about $320 million earned for his career and a prestigious statue in front of Busch Stadium when his playing days are over -- or $400 million split between the Cardinals and another club to go along with a muddy legacy and no statue. I'm more than a little surprised Pujols seems to be 100 percent in the camp of the latter.