MLB Rumors 2011: Albert Pujols Contract Talks Continue Quietly

The Cardinals have a number of questions, problems, and opportunities facing them this off-season -- not the least of which is the possible departure of first base slugger Albert Pujols.

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Albert Pujols Contract Talks Continue At Winter Meetings; Marlins Sign Jose Reyes

The St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 Winter Meetings experience begins with Albert Pujols contract talks, for good or ill.

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MLB Rumors 2011: Albert Pujols Dogged By Age Questions Again For No Particular Reason

Albert Pujols's free agency was supposed to be the big story of 2011, but MLB rumor mills so far have been mostly silent about the St. Louis Cardinals' generational slugger. The only offer outside St. Louis came from the Miami Marlins, who've since signed Jose Reyes. The reason, if you believe a whispering cadre of sportswriters: his age, currently listed at 31, is in doubt again, for the first time since he emerged as the best player in baseball. The unfortunate thing, both for us, Albert Pujols, and those sportswriters, is that none of them have yet bothered to show their work

Dan Le Batard was the first to re-raise these concerns, doing a neat run around journalism by saying that he had unnamed sources who thought, for unnamed reasons, that Pujols was older than he said he was. More recently Jon Heyman has light-weighted in, saying teams are skeptical of Pujols's age and suggesting he produce a birth certificate. (Donald Trump could not be reached for comment.)

It wouldn't be shocking if it turned out Albert Pujols would be older than he claimed—but it is a little startling that a bunch of name-brand journalists have decided against doing any actual journalism in the course of spreading this decade-old rumor. 

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MLB Rumors 2011: All Still Quiet On Albert Pujols Contract Front

Even the most prominent MLB rumor-mongers out there are silent as 2011 draws to a close: Albert Pujols contract talks are still ongoing, but it's anybody's guess as to what they look like and how far along they are. The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for clarity, whatever that entails, from Dan Lozano; the Chicago Cubs are interested, but nobody knows how interested; the Miami Marlins have made an offer, as part of their attempt to make an offer to every last MLB free agent

The most interesting news, such as it is, comes from Bernie Miklasz, who wrote yesterday that the Cubs and Lozano might be less in negotiations than they are cahoots

It could be, with Pujols coming off an off-season and the rumor mill about his age shuddering to life once again despite no particularly fresh allegations to that effect, that Pujols's market value will turn out to be closer to what the Cardinals offered just before Spring Training than anyone expected. Which would be good news for the Cardinals, and bad news for Cardinals fans who were expecting more in the way of concrete rumors in the next month or so. 

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2012 MLB Hot Stove: Chicago Cubs Contact Albert Pujols

Various sources are reporting the Chicago Cubs have contacted free agent slugger Albert Pujols. The Cubs were 20 games below .500 in 2011 and would have a tough time reaching the playoffs in 2012, but the expected lack of hitting talent over the next few years may be playing a part in their pursuit of Pujols -- which should only increase the relative value of slugger.

Unfortunately for St. Louis Cardinals fans who wanted to see Albert Pujols back in red and white, this new bidder may just be pushing the price up:

The mere perception Cubs are after Pujols/Fielder helps the Cubs, to potentially drive up the price for division rivals. See Rivera,Mariano. 4 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto


The Cardinals have previously made overtures towards Pujols, but with the market steadily increasing in size, the Cards may need to renew their offer with some bigger numbers if they hope to sign the 31-year-old slugger.

Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the St. Louis Cardinals be sure to visit Viva El Birdos. Visit Baseball Nation for more news and notes around the league.

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St. Louis Cardinals Offseason: Did Albert Pujols Lie About His Age?

According Jon Heyman, the Miami Herald suggested this morning that the Miami Marlins believe Albert Pujols may have lied about his age:

@SI_JonHeyman: Dan lebatard writes in miami herald, marlins believe pujols is older than 31. me: wonder if they asked him that question (doubt it)

A free agent this offseason, Pujols has long been one of the league's most durable and effective first baseman. He has played over 140 games in every season starting in 2001, collecting an impressive 445 home runs to go with a .328/.420/.617 slash.

Albert Pujols has played each of his 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, but several teams, including the Cards and Marlins, have been courting Pujols. According to the league records, Pujols was 21 when he entered the league in 2001, making him 32 at the beginning of next year.

Reports of the Marlins' suspicion have yet to be confirmed.

Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the St. Louis Cardinals be sure to visit Viva El Birdos. Visit Baseball Nation for more news and notes around the league.

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