Originally Published: Feb 13, 2011 8:56 PM CDTTomorrow is a day we celebrate our first and only true love.  No, not Valentines Day.  The day pitchers and catchers report.<BR/>Which brings me to the first question of the spring:  Why havent the Cardinals broken the bank on Albert Pujols?  I say this as a Cubs fan, but pay the man.<BR/>Who cares what the numbers on the contract say?  He has rewarded you by playing for far less than market value for the last 8 seasons.  <BR/>By the time his skills start to decline you can trade Pujols and that contract to the Yankees.  The fans wont be any angrier then than if you dont sign him now and he walks to the Yankees when his current deal is done.<BR/>Pujols plays hard, he plays hurt and he plays better than anyone else in the game.<BR/>But its just not that easy.  <BR/>Pujols is 31 years old.  Many believe he is expecting a contract offer of 10 years and between $250 and 300 million.  It may be hard to justify a 41-year-old guy making $28 million a year in 2021.  Then again, it may look like a bargain.<BR/>Pujols is a god in St. Louis.  He maintains a high image.  People dont question him when he claims to be a drug-free man of God who doesnt play for the money.  But a long and ugly contract negotiation could change that.<BR/>I think its only a matter of time.  Pujols self-imposed deadline of the start of spring training as the end of negotiations until the end of the season isnt going to happen.  Theres simply too much on the line for each side.<BR/>I think Pujols will get a deal and plenty of money and will stay in St. Louis.  <BR/>Both Matt Holliday and Chris Carpenter make more money than Pujols.  Cards fans, let the team pay Pujols and be glad you three highest paid players arent Carlos Zambrano, Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez like my Cubs.