Albert Pujols’ Wife Says the City of St. Louis has Been Deceived

In all likelihood, we will never know the real reason Albert Pujols ended up in an Angels uniform.  Some will insist it was about the money.  Angry Cardinals fans have demanded an explanation from Pujols, a player they insist lied when he said he wanted to be a Cardinal for the rest of his life.  It’s quite possible he was simply telling the fans what they wanted to hear when he made that statement, or it’s possible it was the truth.  Perhaps Pujols made that statement assuming the Cardinals would match any free agent offer he received and not expect him to give them a hometown discount.  Albert’s wife, Deidre Pujols, tried to bring some clarity to the situation on Monday.

“When you have somebody say, ‘we want you to be a Cardinal for life,’ and then only offer you a five-year deal, it kind of confused us,” Deidre told 99.1 Joy FM in St. Louis.

The Cardinals’ initial offer to Pujols was reportedly for five years and $130 million.  Contract negotiations always need a starting point, but that sounds more like C.C. Sabathia money.  When you take into account the fact that the Red Sox gave Carl Crawford a seven-year, $142 million contract, you can understand why Pujols’ wife called the offer an “insult.”  The Cards’ final offer is said to have been 10 years, $210 million with $30 million deferred with no interest.  It was still far too low.

“I’m going to tell you what, listeners especially, had that offer been given to us with a guarantee (i.e. no deferred money), we would have a Cardinal on our bat,” Deidre continued. “Albert and I never, not one time ever, made plans to leave this city. We had no reason, not one reason, to want to leave. … People were deceived by the numbers.”

Fans have already begun customizing their Pujols’ jerseys and newspapers have accused him of turning his back on the city, but none of us know what went on behind closed doors.  The Angels gave Pujols $254 million without a cent deferred.  The fact that Pujols took the deal would seem to indicate money was important to him.  It could also show that the Angels cared more about acquiring him than the Cardinals cared about keeping him.

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  • Gene

    It seems that when a superstar leaves a city these days, even if he has the contractual right to do so, he is villified.  Albert Pujols, meet LeBron James.

  • Gene

    It seems that when a superstar leaves a city these days, even if he has the contractual right to do so, he is villified.  Albert Pujols, meet LeBron James.

  • Mike Honcho

    Pujols and Lebron are liars though. Both said they’d never leave, and both did. It’s all about the $$$$$.

  • Gene Brown

    You did not do your homework on LeBron. His biggest faux pas was the TV Show, The Decision. He actually took considerably less money from the Heat than he could have gotten from the Cavaliers. He and Wade both did in order to allow the Heat to sign Bosh. As a matter of fact, Bosh makes more money than either Wade or James.

    LeBron left Cleveland because he could not get any top free agents to join him there. He even tried to recruit Bosh up until a few days before he signed with Miami. Bosh said he would not go to Cleveland. Most of the fans, probably including you, and most of the media judge NBA players by the number of rings they have. James knew this and understood he would not be considered a great player unless he won some championships, thus he reluctantly left Cleveland.