If Pujols is playing the "10 years or nothing" card, then the Cards have to take the PR hit and let him go through the FA process. He absolutely deserves to be the highest paid player in the game, but signing him to anything more than 6 or 7 years at the absolute most, is irresponsible and not in the best interest of the organization.
I've come to grips with the possibility that the Cards may not be able to keep Pujols. I'm a baseball fan 1st, a Cardinals fan 2nd, and a Pujols fan 3rd and if he thinks he needs to suck up 1/4+ of the clubs payroll for that long, then he's not as much of a team player as I've always thought he was.
After reading all of this it really does make me think that in the long run..it would probably be better if we (Cardinals) didn't sign Pujols. I love watching him play and seeing him play in any other uniform would be very hard to watch. But that said, I was beyond mad when the Packers let Favre go, and now look at what they have done without him. I love baseball but if we don't sign Pujols..will I be mad? Very. But life and baseball go on and we all need to remember that. With the money that the Cardinals would save by not signing Pujols, we could use that money to improve the team in other places.
And today isn't Valentines Day...It's MLB Spring Training Day! ;) Go Baseball.
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