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Comment Winter Olympics: Bobby Valentine, Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols

Well, it was a busy week for me at the winter meetings, and a busy week for commenting, as well. Which is a great thing, no matter how much work that meant for the judges.

So without further ado, here are your medalists:

--The bronze goes to Islander505, who, when informed that I attended Bobby Valentine's news conference at Fenway Park, reacted thusly: How was the chicken? Regular or extra crispy?

--The silver goes to Richie G., who expressed his unhappiness upon Jose Reyes' agreeing to terms with Miami:

So it appears as if Reyes is a Marlin. Huge, huge, huge, huge, huge, huge huge strikeout for Sandy Alderson. Major gaffe.

While yes, I wanted him to stay, and I didn't want him to trade Reyes, it doesn't matter what I want. it doesn't matter if I'm wrong. It matters what Alderson does.

By not trading the hottest free agent on the market, all the Mets get stuck with are two lousy draft picks, instead of one or two prized prospects. I did say that the Mets better realize what the marketplace would be, and if they would be able to compete if they keep him. And they didn't. This is a gigantic mistake.

Alderson is supposed to take out the emotion in his decisions, and he didn't. Very Minaya-like.

--And the gold goes to Mr. Bob Tufts, who checked in just yesterday upon Albert Pujols' decision to sign with the Angels.

Pujols was offered a low-ball contract that I believe would have made him the fourth-highest paid first baseman in baseball. The Cards had three years to get a deal done and passed.

Athletes succeed because they are extremely competitive. It also applies to be recognized as the best at their job. Money is a quantitative way of demonstrating value, and the Cards told Albert he was worth less than Tex as a player.

Players do not turn off the engine if they are competitive. They carry it with them off the field and into negotiations.

Here's my column on Pujols and the Angels.

--Have a great day.

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