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Build your winning bid for Albert Pujols

Readers can select the components of their best contract offer to soon-to-be free agent Albert Pujols.

Let’s fast-forward to the fall of 2011. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has reached the free market as a free agent. He is looking for a new contract that begins with his age 32 season in 2012.

You have been charged by Cardinals ownership to put together your last shot at securing Pujols’ future services. Your bid needs to be aggressive enough to get your man but not so large that it hamstrings the remainder of your operation for years to come.

Your challenge is to assemble that winning offer by making the selections from the menus below.

Note: Please ensure you scan all the questions before you begin voting as your earlier answers may be affected by the later selections and vice-versa.

How many years will you guarantee?

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What average annual value will you pay?

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Will you expect Pujols to accept some deferred money?

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Will you propose lowering your total cash outlay by offering an ownership stake in the team?

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Will you propose the inclusion of bonus clauses into the contract?

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Will you propose adding vesting years at the end of the guaranteed years (for example for games played)?

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Will you try to shift the balance of money paid?

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If there are any other terms you favor, please note them in the comments section below.

I will ensure this thread is remembered come fall and winter and we can look back to see how well we did in assembling a winning bid.

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