I can’t believe the Cardinals haven’t made this deal happen, yet. Pujols averages career year numbers. His down years put him in the top 5 MVP voting. On top of that he’s a good guy that never seems to have a bad thing to say about a teammate or management. I think Pujols would be willing to give St. Louis a discount, but not an insane one. They are going to have to spend a lot of money to keep him.
I seem to be in the minority. I believe that if he becomes a free agent the Yankees will go after him. They do not need a first basemen. But, Pujols is more than just another first baseman. And, the Yankees have more money than most teams. So, I think their name will be in there. I also think the Angels would be willing to spend money for him, and maybe the Cubs, too. I am not as sure about the Red Sox, but again, Pujols is special, I wouldn’t put it past them. Sadly, the Phillies won’t even make the phone call. They already have too much money in Howard, and they can’t eat that as easily as the Yankees could a similar deal.
Now, the Mets and the Dodgers? In a perfect world they would be in on it, too. But, I don’t see either of their messes cleaned up by next year. So, I don’t think there will be more than a passing interest by either team.
I have been surprised how many people have turned against him. Maybe, they are people who already disliked him. But, people are really upset he hasn’t signed a contract yet. They are calling him greedy and without integrity. Of course, these are the comments on blogs. But, blogs that usually have a pretty intelligent discourse. Really weird.
Anyway. if he doesn’t sign by the deadline I expect him to fly the coop. Simply because, if St. Louis won’t meet his demands now. How can we expect them to meet them when there are other teams bidding and driving up the numbers?