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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Albert Pujols is Headed for Free Agency in 2012

The Cardinals confirmed at the 12 Noon deadline today that there was no deal reached for a long term contract with their star first baseman Albert Pujols.  While he is under contract and expected to play out this season attempting to avoid contract distractions, Pujols will become a free agent in December.  There is no doubt that his agent and the Cardinals organization will be working behind closed doors to get a deal done before he actually becomes a free agent but it's nice to know that neither of them will be discussing it.  Sports media hasn't figured that out yet but fans hate when things like this drag on like the last five years of Brett Favre's career, LeBron's decision, or the whole Carmelo Anthony trade speculation.  

What fans do like is wild and rampant speculation.  So I've put together 5 unique speculative scenarios because SKOHRboard is all about the fans.
  1. Pujols signs with the Yankees for 15 years $450 million.  Not to be outdone by the "small" market Cardinals, the Yanks come up with a real whopper.  The only catch in the contract for Pujols though, is that the Yankees stipulate that he must train at BALCO labs in the offseason.
  2. Big Al signs with the Philles for free.  He says that he just wants to win championships and already has enough money.
  3. Pujols buys the Royals and signs himself.  They are immediately more competitive than they ever have been in the past 20 years.  Greinke is sad that he left.
  4. The Machine signs with the enemy Cubs after they pony up much more than the Cardinals do.  Chicago has great fans who have been sad about their Cubs for the last 1 million years.  While Pujols will make the team better, he will only make their crushing playoff loses hurt more because of all their high expectations.  
  5. Pujols is hired by the Mets after Donald Trump buys part of the team.  Unfortunately Donald Trump is only good at getting lots of publicity for things that he runs straight into the ground.  I guess it wouldn't be that bad for the Mets because it really couldn't get that much worse so perhaps that fleeting glimpse of hope would be worth $300 million?

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