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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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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 6:21 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 3:44 pm
 

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?

YOU MUST HAVE DEMENTIA BECAUSE YOU ARE THE ONLY FOOL
WHO THINKS THAT FAT BOY IS BETER

For the record only a "fool" would call a world class athlete and one of the best hitters anybody has seen in MLB over the last 10 or 20 years a "fat boy".

Well... fools do that but so do 18 year old little guys in mommy's basement that pretend they own big businesses with offices in Manhattan. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 3:11 pm
 

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?

I never backed up AROD,and C.C has the BALLS to pitch a game 7 when his team needs him not like VERLANDER.

Verlander was shown on at least 2 major tv networks BEGGING for the chance to pitch on short rest in both the series against the Yankees and again the series after that.  He said he was ready and raring to go, but "skip" won't let him and that he respects his decision because the manager is the boss, not the player.  In New York it's a little different... they are stuck with huge contracts and the players rule... the players do as they please and the manager is forced to listen or lose his job.  It's not like that anywhere else in MLB.....   you're too used to New York rules where the manager just fills out lineup cards the players instruct him to fill in.

In MANY of your posts you said Miggy went hitless 7 times when in fact you proved how illiterate you are because he only went hitless 4 times.  He had an AWESOME post season to say the least.  Statistically overall he had a better post season then Pujols did..

By the way, do you notice how in EVERY THREAD you're called a "troll" and NOBODY backs anything you have to say??  You have BEGGED for people to back you in your argument against me.... but to no avail, because you know nothing.

OH yeah, one final thing. Remember that post you said I had removed?? THAT GUY WAS YOU.... I didn't remove it but you have multiple accounts, something I should speak with CBS about.

How do I KNOW 100 PERCENT that other guy was you? Because after it was removed you quoted EXACTLY what the guy said, the whole paragraph.  The only person that has access to anything removed is the person that wrote it...

That was YOU.... pretty sad you have to create multiple accounts to make it appear like somebody is backing you,,, when in fact the person backing you is....YOU...

LMAO

Go ahead now little boy, send my post to CBS.... 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:38 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:05 pm
 

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?

AND IN 12 PLAYOFF GAMES MIGGY WENT HITLESS IN 7.
NOT EXACTLY WHAT THE BEST PLAYER DOES.

LMAO   BAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA  !!  TOO FUNNY LITTLE MAN.   I wish I felt like searching but there's too many threads to look through. You defended CC and Arod MULTIPLE times when people called them chokers, even though both have had terrible post season appearances many times.   You defended CC especially who has gotten smashed just about every post season with the only exception being when the Yankees won it 3 seasons ago.   Arod in the last 2 post seasons with a whopping 9 for 50 with zero home runs... but you defended him.... BAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA     Personally I"d take either of those guys on my team, but if all you judge by is 12 games in the playoffs, you better find a new favourite team.

You really should turn to comedy you moron....  at least I wouldn't call you a moron if you were just joking.  The fact you're serious about the things you say makes you the biggest pathetic loser on these boards. 

It's even funnier how you say I insult people or that others don't like me..... I looked for a bit and can't find ONE thread where you're not fighting with somebody.... not even ONE.....  yet 80-90 percent of the threads I post in are peaceful....

You are nothing but a loser little punk... a little boy that wishes he had something in life and uses CBS to create an alternate personality.... like a business owner.... an office in Manhattan... season tickets to multiple new york sports...

You are such a degenerate and an embarassment to everybody that knows you son...

 


brian8ball
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Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:21 pm
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brian8ball
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Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:03 pm
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brian8ball
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:47 pm
 

What if ... the Cardinals let Pujols walk?

On his tombstone it will say BETTER THAN KING ALBERT FOR 2 YEARS BARELY

Thanks for copying and pasting a novel you found on the internet.  But here's the bottom line, right NOW is all that matters son.

Miggy was better then Pujols in 2010 and again in 2011.

Thus Miggy is a better player right NOW..

And he'll likely be better again next year, and the year after that.

No doubt Pujols is a first ballot hall of famer though...

But I never disputed that, and that's not what we were talking about little man.

We were talking about who the better player is TODAY..

And the answer is Miggy... 


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Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:34 pm
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