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TFD: White Sox GM says paying Pujols $30M a year would be "asinine"

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional baseball Updated: February 22, 2011 - 5:18 PM

From ESPN.com:

It's safe to say the Chicago White Sox won't be pursuing Albert Pujols next offseason after comments made by general manager Ken Williams on Monday.

Talks between the slugger and the St. Louis Cardinals were put on hold after they couldn't come to terms. When Pujols is a free agent after this season, he could command as much as $30 million per season, possibly for 10 years.

When asked by Comcast SportsNet about Pujols becoming the highest paid MLB player, Williams launched into a commentary on the state of baseball salaries.

"For the game's health as a whole, when we're talking about $30 million players, I think it's asinine," Williams said. "We have gotten to the point of no return. Something has to happen. And if it means the game being shut down for the sake of bringing sanity to it, to franchises that aren't going to stop the insanity, I'm all for it."

But trading for Alex Rios when the Blue Jays didn't want him and he had nearly $60 million left on his contract was apparently the model of stability and sanity.

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