Most of us will never get to experience of having three organizations fighting over who gets to give us $200 million, but such is the problem plaguing cheap Albert Pujols jersey. The Cardinals jerseys’ first baseman is currently mulling over deals from three teams: The Cardinals jerseys, the Miami Marlins jerseys, and a mystery team that many are pegging as the Chicago Cubs jerseys. Today, the World Series champion Cardinals jerseys upped their offer to $220 million over nine years, trying to avoid the fan backlash that would surely follow a Pujols exit from St. Louis.
“I find it hard imagine him anywhere other than St Louis,” says Bruce K. Johnson, an economics professor at Centre College in Danville, KY. “Staying would make him an all time great in Cardinals jerseys and St. Louis sports history.”
The Marlins jerseys, meanwhile, are courting on the nine time All Star to stock a team that aims to be a World Series contender. They’ve already signed two marquee players, shortstop cheap Jose Reyes jersey and reliever Heath Bell. “This may be a way for the Marlins jerseys to defer some of his playing contracts in the future.”
The details are unknown, but depending on the terms, this means that the Marlins jerseys could shave come money off of Pujols player salary in exchange for him playing a role in marketing, scouting, coaching, or management several years down the line.
According to Walters, who sometimes acts as an economic consultant for teams including the Baltimore Orioles jerseys and the Boston Red Sox jerseys, such provisions are usually reserved for fan favorites who have already been with their teams for several years. “It’s common for popular local personalities to be welcomed into the fold. The teams want you around to promote the product, be an adviser. He cites “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks, who played his entire career with the Chicago Cubs jerseys and continued on coaching, as an example.
“But with a free agent, you are just establishing the relationship, and it doesn’t always work out.”
The Texas Rangers jerseys, for example, pinned their franchise’s hopes on shortstop Alex Rodriguez in 2000 with a 10 year, $249 million contract, the second largest in baseball history. But Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees jerseys in 2004, and the Rangers jerseys had to pay $67 million of the 179 million left on the contract. In 2009, the firm holding a controlling interest in the team went broke, and the Rangers jerseys had to be put up for auction.
The Marlins jerseys need big name players like Pujols and Reyes to fill the seats in their new, $515 million taxpayer funded stadium. It’s quite the spending spree for the franchise, formerly a penny pinching small market outfit best know for dismantling and selling off the bulk of its 1997 World Series champion team. But both Walters and Johnson point out that there is no guarantee that authentic jerseys China fans will warm to big name players, especially if they don’t win. Rodriguez in Texas, or more recently, LeBron James and company on the Miami Heat in the NBA, are prime examples.
Ironically, post play provisions would make more sense for Pujols in St. Louis, where he has won two Word Series rings and is adored by an enthusiastic core of Cardinals jerseys fans. It still might happen; both Walters and Johnson are betting on the three time national league MVP to stay in St. Louis. “The betting has to favor the Cardinals jerseys at this point,” says Walters. “He has a loving relationship with what are arguably the best fans in baseball. If the money’s close, I think he’ll stay at home.”
UPDATE: According to ESPN, the Miami Marlins jerseys have reportedly withdrawn their offer to Pujols after signing pitcher Mark Buehrle, though Pujols is still fielding offers from teams other than the Cardinals jerseys.