Adios to Albert?
By Matthew & Bryan Pearlman
No St. Louis Cardinals fan wants to see Albert Pujols in another team’s jersey. There could actually be babies, grandmas, and others crying at the site of Pujols in a Cubs uniform at Busch Stadium.
Pujols is on pace to become one of the best players to ever play. That is a fact. The problem is, how much do you pay a 31 year old player, and how long of a contract is too long? Do the Cardinals want to invest so much in one player?
In the event that Pujols signs a $250 million plus contract with another club, what will the Cardinals spend the money on? Would the Cardinals be able to sign Prince Fielder, get some bullpen help, and add an above average shortstop for the same cost as Pujols?
If the team pursues Prince Fielder, what would the benefit be? Fielder is 4 years younger, left handed, has never missed many games in a season, and has averaged 40+ home runs a year. Also, his price tag would be less than Pujols.
With the Cardinals 7.5 games out of first, is it time to try to move him before the season is through? The team could possibly pick-up some prospects for the end of the year rental of Pujols.
I am not wishing to lose Pujols, but the team needs to be prepared for this possibility.