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What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?

Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:43 am
By Matt Snyder

Let's not go crazy about the headline before realizing it's still a longshot that Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols signs elsewhere. Personally, I'd be shocked if he signed with anyone else. Most of the major markets are unable to come through with a huge bid. The Cubs might be able to, but we don't know if the new brain trust wants to take that path immediately (my guess is they don't). The Marlins are meeting with Pujols Friday, but could they afford him? It's doubtful they could come close to paying what St. Louis could. Can the allure of taking his talents to South Beach trump the loyalty, familiarity and dollars of St. Louis? Tough call, but only Pujols could answer that.

Still, let's just imagine a scenario where the Cardinals looked at the price tag internally and thought it best to outwardly appear as if they've done everything they could -- to appease the fans -- but still let Pujols walk via free agency. Obviously losing the best player in baseball would hurt the Cardinals, but I don't think it would be a death blow.

Let's check out what could be done with the money available, should Pujols sign elsewhere.

First of all, Jose Reyes could be signed to play shortstop. The leadoff spot was a bigger problem for the Cardinals than the middle of the order in 2011 (since-retired manager Tony La Russa had to use Ryan Theriot at leadoff in Game 7 of the World Series). Throw money at Reyes and the problem is solved. Plus, with Theriot, Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker and Daniel Descalso, there's plenty of infield depth to play with when Reyes serves a few stints on the DL. Jimmy Rollins could be a fall-back option. Next, Mark Buehrle could be signed. Remember, he grew up a Cardinals fan and has expressed interest in pitching for St. Louis in the past.

That means the Cardinals best lineup would be something like this:

1. Jose Reyes (or Rollins), SS
2. Allen Craig, RF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Lance Berkman, 1B
5. David Freese, 3B
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Jon Jay, CF
8. Punto/Theriot/Schumaker/Descalso, 2B

The starting rotation now includes a fully recovered Adam Wainwright, so it looks like this:

1. Adam Wainwright
2. Chris Carpenter
3. Mark Buehrle
4. Jaime Garcia
5. Kyle Lohse

Jake Westbrook, Lance Lynn and top prospect Shelby Miller are available in case of injury. And the bullpen is largely the same as it was toward the end of last season, with Jason Motte now getting a full season as closer.

I tell you what, that's a pretty damn good team. Sure, there are questions, like how are Freese and Craig going to hit over the course of a 162-game season as regulars? In moving Berkman to first and starting Craig, the bench loses a valuable bat, too. Age has to be a concern with Berkman and Carpenter. And of course, how does everyone respond without La Russa? Overall, though, there isn't much to dislike about that hypothetical team.

Considering what Pujols' salary might do to the ballclub if he's making $25 million or more eight years from now -- he'll turn 32 in January -- maybe it wouldn't be so bad for St. Louis if he did leave. It's certainly worth considering (again, internally, as to not alienate Pujols himself or any of the fans). I'd at least talk about it, and I'm guessing the front office has done so as well.

To reiterate, I don't think Pujols is going anywhere, but we're smack-dab in the time of the year that hypotheticals are the most fun.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:53 am

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?

But you are the only one with 2 acct's like ARGO said,and when they erase a posting noone can see it,I highlighted 
what the guy said before you had it erased.

HAHA.  Argo asked, that was it.  YOU have 2 accounts because you quoted a post that was deleted...


Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:51 am

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?

What I said was before I met idiots Detroit fans like you I never bet against the Lions until the past few weeks,only on thanksgiving
which I win almost every year

LMAO   Yeah right... now that's some funny stuff little man.  So you only started betting against the Lions 3 or 4 weeks ago after you got mad at Lions fans on CBS ?   WOW........................  

You'll try anything won't you?  You stupid, stupid man. 

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:34 am

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?

Ok we have a Manager now. I liked Matheny as a Player and I am sure I will like him as a Manager. Now let's get this thing done with Albert. Sign him and that is that or dont sign him and the 200 million saved go out and upgrade our Team. Enough talk ! Lets get another World Series. I wouldn't mine Rollins and Buehrle on the Cardinals Starting day line up if Albert wants more money. We would have a great Lineup with Hitters and Pitchers

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:32 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:37 pm

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?



I hope you did, it would make up for all the money you lost betting against the Lions up until this point.  The Lions are now 5-3-1 against the spread this year, with the 1 being a push since you're too stupid to figure that our yourself.   Last year the Lions covered 12 out of 16 spreads,  so you got your ass handed to you for a long time....  The Lions are something like 17-6-2 against the spread going back to the beginning of next season, you have a lot of making up to do fella.... lucky for you they haven't covered a couple times lately or you'd be poorer then you already are.    Your Jets are only 4-4 this year against the spread, you lose the "juice" there. 

Oh wait, I almost forgot.  You only bet against the Lions in the games they didn't cover, and only bet for the Jets in the games they covered the spread, right?  You left out all the losers.. because you're psychic.  I guess you only bet the Yankees against the Tigers in the 2 games they beat the Tigers, right? You didn't take the Yankees at all in the 3 games they lost..... boy, are you ever good. LOL 

So let's recap your pretend little world Bri Bri.   You're a great handicapper that wins big money.  A pool shark that makes money there too.  And you're a big business owner with 35 employees with an office in Manhattan... and oh yeah, you said you have season tickets to the Yankees and the Jets. 

Wait... you live in "valley stream long island", have have Jets season tickets and are posting an hour before game time on CBS? LOL

I guess you didn't feel like using your season tickets to watch the Pats play the Jets?

Right... who would want to see that game anyway.... 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:19 pm

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?


A guy that's 6'4 and 240 pounds is not considered fat at all... that's pretty solid actually.   And anybody that can turn on a 100 mph pitch on the inside corner and slam it into the upper deck is quite an athlete....


Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:15 pm

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?

And if fact you had the POST removed where I was backed up

HaHa. Right.  YOU are the guy that backed yourself up.  You have more then 1 account on CBS.  I can prove it because you quoted what "the other guy" said after it was removed.  The only person that has access on CBS to a removed quote, is the person that created it.  YOU are the other person... not one person backs you up.  You get slammed time and time again on every story you post about... nobody likes you or agrees with 99 percent of what you say.  You are a complete fool..... an embarassment actually. 



Now you're "chanting" USA USA on a CBS thread?  Boy oh boy are you ever a loser... and even bigger loser then I ever thought you were.   Nobody does that.... nobody at all... well, you do, but nobody else does....  little "bri bri"


Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 6:27 pm
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