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Written by Matthew Coller   
Friday, 25 September 2009 00:01

PujolsSt. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt announced Thursday that the Cardinals will work with MVP Albert Pujols this off-season to extend Pujols’s contract beyond 2011.  DeWitt said he’d like Pujols to be a “lifetime Cardinal.”

Before the start of the 2009 season, Pujols said being on a winning franchise was more important than money.  His comments may have influenced the Cardinals in their acquisition of outfielder Matt Holliday mid-season.  Though Pujols is likely to win his third MVP award this season, there is little-to-no chance he would earn a top 10 salary.  Currently, Pujols is outside of the top 25 making just over $13 million.  Compare Pujols’s production in 2009 to some position players from bigger markets making more than Pujols:

Pujols – .330 avg. 47 home runs, 129 RBI 120 runs scored.

Alex Rodriguez ($33 million) - .283 avg 27 HR 89 RBI  72 R

Mark Teixeira ($20 million) - .292 avg 37 HR 118 RBI 98 R

Carlos Lee ($19 million) - .304 avg 26 HR 98 RBI 63 R

Alfonso Soriano ($17 million) - .241 avg 20 HR 55 RBI 64 R

Torii Hunter ($18 million) .303 avg 22 HR 86 RBI 70 R

Ryan Howard ($15 million) .272 avg 42 HR 130 RBI 96 R

*all salaries according to http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/salaries/top50


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