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Monday, March 28, 2022

Sources: Albert Pujols signing one-year, $2.5 million deal with St. Louis Cardinals

Albert Pujols is going back to where it all started—to the organization with which he carved out a Hall of Fame career, and to the city that still adores him.

On Sunday night, Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2022 season, sources confirmed to ESPN, giving the 42-year-old first baseman the opportunity to bookend his Hall of Fame career in storybook fashion.

Once he completes his physical, Pujols will officially return to the Cardinals organization with which he starred through his first 11 seasons in the major leagues, capturing three National League MVP awards, claiming two World Series championships and compiling nine All-Star Game appearances.

The deal is worth $2.5 million, sources said, and will grant Pujols a part-time role in which he will seemingly start at designated hitter against lefties and otherwise serve as a late-game pinch-hitter. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Athletic first reported the news.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2022 at 09:02 AM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 28, 2022 at 09:58 AM (#6069388)
Thank you universal DH.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 28, 2022 at 09:59 AM (#6069389)
Only about a week of Spring Training left, not much time to get ready. Might even need the 20-year+ MLB veteran to take a few grueling 30-minute bus rides to some away games. I’m in West Palm Beach for the Nationals Spring Training, so I might see Pujols Wednesday. Crowds have been mostly on the lean side here, but Albert’s presence could cause a few more Cardinal fans to mosey down from Jupiter.
   3. greenback needs a ride, not ammo Posted: March 28, 2022 at 10:02 AM (#6069390)
Pretty much every Cardinals fan who hasn't just woken up from a five year-long coma is thinking some version of "that's nice, but Pujols does objectively suck." Can Manfred create an extra roster spot for a guy (or woman) who can only be used in low leverage situations and house money games of home series?
   4. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: March 28, 2022 at 10:11 AM (#6069393)
Man, for only 9 more years and $237.5 million, the Angels could have done this.
   5. DL from MN Posted: March 28, 2022 at 10:18 AM (#6069395)
Can Manfred create an extra roster spot for a guy (or woman) who can only be used in low leverage situations and house money games of home series?


28 people on the roster until May.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 28, 2022 at 10:22 AM (#6069396)
Can Manfred create an extra roster spot for a guy (or woman) who can only be used in low leverage situations and house money games of home series?
He could try, but teams would just say "Oh goody, another reliever!"
   7. greenback needs a ride, not ammo Posted: March 28, 2022 at 10:57 AM (#6069402)
Fine, then we'll have Ankiel again instead of Pujols.
   8. Pujols Shot Ya Posted: March 28, 2022 at 11:04 AM (#6069403)
I am positively giddy. No snark, no sarcasm. Over the moon. He’ll probably get a few more ABs against righties than he should (0). But we’ve been spoiled as Cardinals fans and making some fun new memories will be, err, fun… even if it’s not optimizing for wins.
   9. salvomania Posted: March 28, 2022 at 12:12 PM (#6069414)
"that's nice, but Pujols does objectively suck."

.939 OPS in 146 PA vs. lefties last year, including 13 homers in 136 ab.

That OPS ranked 26th in MLB among the 232 batters with at least 100 PA vs. LHP, and his homers vs LHP ranked 10th in all MLB.
   10. Ron J Posted: March 28, 2022 at 12:29 PM (#6069416)
#9 Single year platoon splits tell you zip -- and this is something I've checked.

Another way to look at this is that he was terrible against LHP in 2017, bad in 2018, OK in 2019 and terrible in 2020.

His ability is very unlikely to have changed. The differences are just noise in small sample size.

In terms of actually helping the team, I think buying 2.5 million in fireworks and having some great shows would do more.

But I'd love to be wrong. I'd like to see him go out strong in St. Louis.
   11. salvomania Posted: March 28, 2022 at 12:30 PM (#6069419)
His ability is very unlikely to have changed.

Stop using your facts to refute my poorly researched point!
   12. John Northey Posted: March 28, 2022 at 12:45 PM (#6069424)
As a baseball fan I love this. I'm not a Cardinals fan, or a NL fan (Toronto Blue Jays fan) so I have no skin in this. Just great for baseball when stars come home to finish their careers be it for a final September game (Phil Niekro comes to mind) or for a final season.
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: March 28, 2022 at 01:11 PM (#6069426)
This would seem like a much more obviously great move if the Cards projected to suck. Alas, the Cards never suck.
   14. Sleepy was just “inspecting the bunker”, y’all Posted: March 28, 2022 at 01:23 PM (#6069428)
Wasn’t there a thread about the fact that that the lockout meant folks might be “powering up” a bit in the off-season?

714 is just 35 away.
   15. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: March 28, 2022 at 01:26 PM (#6069429)
Fully expecting a 35 home run, 140 wRC+ season. This seems like the quintessential Cardinals Devil Magic signing.
   16. Karl from NY Posted: March 28, 2022 at 02:25 PM (#6069438)
Could this be like a Jason Giambi situation, where he's going to de facto be more of a coach than a player?
   17. CraigK Posted: March 28, 2022 at 03:15 PM (#6069448)
I mean, they're probably going to make more than $2.5MM in tickets from going COME SEE YADI WAINO AND ALBERT'S LAST RIDE TOGETHER all season
   18. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: March 28, 2022 at 03:20 PM (#6069449)
What, Oakland didn't have a roster spot?

Anyways, I hope he plays forever. Albert is older than I am, so as long as he's in MLB, I can tell myself that I have a chance.
   19. The Honorable Ardo Posted: March 28, 2022 at 03:23 PM (#6069450)
CraigK hit the nail on the head - the Cardinals are going to make significantly more than $2.5 million in marginal revenue from "Last Dance" marketing.
   20. Ron J Posted: March 28, 2022 at 06:43 PM (#6069476)
#19, plausible but the Cardinals have historically not been all that responsive to changes. That is to say that their revenue is unusually stable and not particularly sensitive to other consideration.

I think it's mostly because the single most important factor in team revenue is perception of team quality and Cardinal fans simply expect the team to be good -- almost regardless of actual team composition.

But nobody can build revenue models right now that have a standard error smaller than 10 million. So as I said, it's certainly plausible that this signing pays for itself.
   21. SoSH U at work Posted: March 28, 2022 at 06:52 PM (#6069478)
I think it's mostly because the single most important factor in team revenue is perception of team quality and Cardinal fans simply expect the team to be good -- almost regardless of actual team composition.


In their defense, the Cardinals are almost always good, regardless of actual team composition.
   22. The Duke Posted: March 28, 2022 at 11:34 PM (#6069498)
I think he's done and he mostly just swings for the fences now. But I did see a video of him at his first game and he looks MUCH thinner than the beer league softball player we've seen for a couple years. So maybe he won't be any worse than last year.

Wainwright seemed a bit incensed at the retirement tour talk. He may not be done yet. Anything like last years performance and he'll be back.
   23. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: March 29, 2022 at 01:41 PM (#6069536)
But I did see a video of him at his first game and he looks MUCH thinner than the beer league softball player we've seen for a couple years.


As an Angel fan I was curious to see this - and no, sorry, he looks exactly the same as he did last year. Belly hanging over the belt and all...

He's not in the best shape of his life...sorry.
   24. Rough Carrigan Posted: March 29, 2022 at 04:26 PM (#6069559)
Ahh, the dreaded Dunlop Disease famously self-diagnosed by Dr. George Scott.
   25. phredbird Posted: March 29, 2022 at 06:36 PM (#6069573)

for some reason it just never occurred to me that this could happen ...

my reaction is 'okay ... whatever'.

i'm more concerned about yadier getting another year older and not wanting to take days off, who we have to pitch besides waino, is nootbarr for real, etc. ...
   26. bjhanke Posted: March 30, 2022 at 03:12 AM (#6069609)
The one thing that the signing of Albert proves is that the Cardinals, no matter what they say, are not trying to win the World Series this year. If they were trying to do that, they would have signed a Big Lefty Bat to shore up a lineup that has 6 righties and two switch-hitters. The immense opportunity offered by the DH to do this was a tremendous bonus to the Cards. But they threw it away. They signed Corey Dickerson, who would not be a GOOD DH in his best year, and thrown him into competition with all their lefty OF for who will play DH lefty, apparently praying that one of them will defy all probability and turn in to a lefty Pujols in his prime. That's not going to happen. Pujols is there to play DH righty. He will bring in far more money than he will make, but he will not be the DH that the Cards need. He's not a lefty and he's not a Big Bat any more. The Cards are still trying to win with kids. That's fine as a future, but it won't win you the WS THIS YEAR, which is that the Cards promised their fans.
   27. The Duke Posted: March 30, 2022 at 10:21 AM (#6069626)
Trying to win with kids? There's no one on the lineup with less than 2 years experience as a regular in MLB. Carlson is young but already a near-Veteran. Dejong, Goldschmidt, Arenado, Bader, molina are all veterans.

The staff is old too. Wainwright is the ancient mariner, flaherty, Mikolas, Hudson all have tons of experience.

They have Gorman and Liberatore knocking at the door but I suspect we won't see much of them until mid season. Pujols and Dickerson are both old and have displaced Nootbar and Yepez

The cardinals AAA team is probably better than the orioles. They will have gorman, Liberatore, yepez, Nootbar, Herrera, Donavan, Oviedo and Woodford who are all likely legit MLB players right now.

The youth movement is a year away.
   28. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: March 30, 2022 at 10:24 AM (#6069627)
gorman, Liberatore, yepez, Nootbar, Herrera, Donavan, Oviedo and Woodford


Sounds like a law firm from Arrested Development . . .
   29. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 30, 2022 at 01:01 PM (#6069650)
Pujols made that grueling 30-minute bus ride from Jupiter to West Palm Beach, as some sage predicted here earlier. Batting 4th at DH. Small crowd, but Albert got a big cheer from the Cardinals fans present when lineups were announced.

Cardinals & Nationals both wearing red jerseys today; once again - contrary to Smitty - demonstrating the need for pants.

EDIT: An auspicious start to 2022: GIDP.
   30. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 30, 2022 at 01:39 PM (#6069661)
Pujols a little better in his 2nd-inning AB: pop out to 3rd, with runners on 1st & 2nd, 1out. Anibal Sanchez not impressive against non-Pujols batters for Nationals, now gone after giving up 5, with reliever Austin Voth greeted with 3-run HR.
   31. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 30, 2022 at 02:11 PM (#6069669)
Line drive single to right for Pujols in 4th, then removed for pinch runner, with Cards up 10-0.
   32. cardsfanboy Posted: March 30, 2022 at 07:32 PM (#6069724)
I don't get anyone having a problem with this. It's relatively no money (in baseball terms) it's a guy who has supposedly been told he's a bit player, etc... It doesn't really affect the team in anyway. Corey Dickerson who hasn't been good for two seasons is the left handed DH. Albert is the right handed Dh, it makes sense...


The team has elite players at first, third, right and center. Plus players at second, left, ss(depending on where you rate Sosa) with guys like Dejong and Molina covering the rest. Offensively the starting lineup is pretty good. Overall they are close to great. Add in a bench of Pujols and Dickerson and (again DeJong/Sosa) and you have a pretty good lineup.

He's not really blocking anyone, simply because the players he is blocking (Gorman mostly, but Yepez also) are just not really ready and will show up when you get the inevitable injuries anyway.

This signing doesn't signal that the Cardinals aren't trying to win, anyone who thinks that is a ####### idiot.
   33. The Duke Posted: March 31, 2022 at 12:00 AM (#6069750)
I wouldn't say they are trying to win either before or after the signing. It's nostalgia - and there's nothing wrong with that. This is a team built to do well over 162 games but unless three guys morph into grade A pitchers, they'll go nowhere In the playoffs. The days of "just get into the playoffs and anything can happen" seem to be over. The top 4-6 teams load up now. It's hard to break through in the playoffs with an 85-90 win team.

The cards playoff rotation is abysmal unless we get the very best versions of Mikolas, Flaherty and Waino.
   34. sunday silence (again) Posted: March 31, 2022 at 12:45 AM (#6069752)
The days of "just get into the playoffs and anything can happen" seem to be over.


Because why?
   35. Voodoo Posted: March 31, 2022 at 12:48 AM (#6069753)
The days of "just get into the playoffs and anything can happen" seem to be over. The top 4-6 teams load up now. It's hard to break through in the playoffs with an 85-90 win team.


We're only a few months removed from an 88 win team winning the World Series, a team that was in nobody's top 4-6 teams at any point of the regular season or going into the postseason. Nothing in the recent history suggests that the playoffs have become any less of a crapshoot than before, or that the inclusion of more teams wouldn't add to the randomness. This statement seems demonstrably incorrect on multiple levels.
   36. sunday silence (again) Posted: March 31, 2022 at 01:00 AM (#6069754)
Are they going with that "best of four" format or whatever they've been talking about for the first round?

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