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Bill DeWitt On Albert Pujols's OPS, Contract

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First interesting thing about the Post-Dispatch's interview with Bill DeWitt: He cites OPS to defend Albert Pujols's 2010 season. I like that!

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Second interesting thing about the Post-Dispatch's interview with Bill DeWitt: He talks about Albert Pujols's contract situation, but not quite firmly enough for my liking. I like that less!

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DeWitt: That's one of the easiest decisions we've ever had to make. Would we ever contemplate trading Albert: absolutely not. It's not even a consideration. The consideration is that he's got one more year left on his contract beyond the current season. There were some brief conversations during spring training, and it was eventually agreed upon that it wasn't appropriate to carry talks into this season.

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I think the word that applies to the upcoming offseason is "optimal." That's the best time for us to negotiate something to keep Albert in town for a long time. Those negotiations aren't easy for a player of Albert's stature. It remains to be seen what we can do. But we'll make every effort to see where it goes. I don't have a crystal ball to say if it can get done in 24 hours or if we would go the entire winter without getting something done. It's tough. The market can change in either direction.

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I realize he has to leave himself with some leverage, but my heart can't take it, Bill! Send him a check! Tell him to add zeroes until he is satisfied, I beg of you!