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11:06 AM ET 02.20 | If the St. Louis Cardinals don't want to get anything done with slugger Albert Pujols' contract, Cubs ownership Saturday didn't rule out the possibility of getting involved. It was the first sign of any substance suggesting the Cubs might be legitimate players for Pujols if - or when - he becomes a free agent next fall.

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February 20, 2011  11:13 AM ET

"the Cubs might be legitimate players for Pujols if - or when - he becomes a free agent next fall."

Jebus Goot Lawd! This is exaclty why I come to this site. Who woulda f**ken guessed that the Cubs would try and sign this guy?

February 20, 2011  11:13 AM ET

A lot of teams are "open" to acquiring Pujols. That's hardly the deciding factor.

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February 20, 2011  11:23 AM ET

Show me a team, besides the normal cellar-dwellers, that aren't "open" to acquiring Pujols. It all comes down to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

February 20, 2011  11:29 AM ET

so are those red sox

February 20, 2011  11:38 AM ET

Okay, two Pujols threads on a Sunday yet nothing on Cabrera or Edmund's retirement. Can we find something else to post?

Of course the Cubs are interested. I wonder if Pujols would be interested in them. That history of losing is hard to overcome. The Cubs have little chance as long as LA, Texas, or Atlanta or other winning franchises are bidding. Then again maybe Pujols has an ego large enough to believe he can change that losing tradition. He wouldn't be the first top player foolish enough to think they can fix the Cubs.

February 20, 2011  11:58 AM ET

Gee. The Cubs would like to get Pujols. So would the New Jersey Jackals. It's good to want things.

February 20, 2011  12:06 PM ET

Albert has said repeatedly that he wants to play for a winner. The Cubs don't even come closed to fitting that description.

February 20, 2011  12:34 PM ET
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A lot of teams are "open" to acquiring Pujols. That's hardly the deciding factor.

I'm guessing the Rays land him.

February 20, 2011  12:37 PM ET
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Albert has said repeatedly that he wants to play for a winner. The Cubs don't even come closed to fitting that description.

What you say is true but could Albert be thinking that he could turn that all around?

I sure hope not!

February 20, 2011  01:18 PM ET
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This is a completely stupid statement. Moronic & witless really. It wasn't very long ago that the Cubs were winning the Central. It is completely idiotic to assume that they could never win it again. Why couldn't they? Merely because you hate them? Not a valid reason. This is the National League Central, where anyone can come out on top in any given year. The Reds have already kicked the Cardinals to the side to prove this. The Cubs have a ton of money coming off the books next year putting then squarely in a position to surpass the poor mouth Cardinals, not to mention the Cubs had a ton of fun bitchslappin the Redbirds around last year to boot. And you said it yourself, he wants to play for a winner, which is probably why the Cardinals were the first team he crossed off his list

1908

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February 20, 2011  01:24 PM ET

Why in the hell would he ever want to go to a **** hole of a team like the Cubs?

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February 20, 2011  01:37 PM ET
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Right. 2006 Cardinals. And it still means nothing at all to Albert. Only the money does.

Actually he can have both money and winning. He'll have his choice. He gets the most money if he's on a big market winner.

The Cubs are seriously broken right now. They have a lot coming off the books, but I've checked the free agent list the next few years. There's not much there. Where are you going to get the rest of the players to replace the old folks you'll be offloading? Castro and Pujols can't win it alone.

I'll be very surprised if Pujols goes to the Cubs. Yes he wants money which is why he won't go to the Cubs. He and his agent want a winning brand to market nationally. He's an iconic player. He can make his salary a minor part of his income with the right PR. That's what I'm hearing in the agent's words. He's not talking about Pujols' place in baseball. He's talking about his place in all of sports and overall US culture. Lovable loser has a market, but it's a limited market.

February 20, 2011  01:45 PM ET
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you said it yourself, he wants to play for a winner, which is probably why the Cardinals were the first team he crossed off his list

Ha! Bitter Cubs fan?

February 20, 2011  01:47 PM ET
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Because it won't be but two or three years before they have as good a chance as winning the division as anyone else. Fact. Besides, it's not as if the Cardinals have been making any noise in the division within the past four seasons. Albert has obviously taken notice of this.

Get some butter 'cause you are on a roll!

February 20, 2011  01:47 PM ET

As a lifelong Cubs fan, let me assure you: (1) It ain't gonna happen. (2) If it did, Albert would instantly get struck by lightning or come down with viral hemorrhagic fever or something.

This is a pipe dream.

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