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Brewers forcing Cubs to pay Pujols?

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08:10 AM ET 04.24 | Could the Cubs wind up benefiting more from the staggering extension Ryan Braun signed Thursday than the Brewers? It could be the move that forces Chairman Tom Ricketts and general manager Jim Hendry to do something Ricketts, at least, doesn't seem inclined to do -- pay the back-breaking freight to take Albert Pujols away from the Cardinals.

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April 24, 2011  08:27 AM ET

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since Albert hates Wrigley, Good Luck to the Cubs!

April 24, 2011  08:29 AM ET
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ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Since Albert hates Wrigley, Good Luck to the Cubs!

He'll like it for $30 mil.

April 24, 2011  08:36 AM ET

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April 24, 2011  10:36 AM ET
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He'll like it for $30 mil.

You could be right and if you are, BYE, BYE Albert - need some help moving?

April 24, 2011  10:40 AM ET
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Like I have been saying all along, Albert has it in for the Cards too. I wouldn't fall too hard on the floor laughing Stargate. This thing could turn out to be your worst nightmare.

Why would it be my worst nightmare? He KNOWS, as we all do, that STL can't meet his ridiculous price and still put a competitive team on the field so if he's in it for the money, let him walk!

April 24, 2011  10:41 AM ET
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Yes, only they will be stupid enough to meet his demands.

but, but the Cubbies want him AND will have the money to spend so I wouldn't be too quick about knocking the Cards!

April 24, 2011  11:04 AM ET
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Why would it be my worst nightmare? He KNOWS, as we all do, that STL can't meet his ridiculous price and still put a competitive team on the field so if he's in it for the money, let him walk!

I love reading comments like this. Usually Cards fans are screaming "Pay him what he wants!!!!". And then what? Albert Pujols standing at first base on his pile of money surrounded by 20 year olds and 35 year old minor league lifers?

He's a great hitter, but he's one guy. Pay two 26 year old guys to each give you half his production and lock THEM up for eight years. Not a 30+ year old who is already showing signs of starting to break down.

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April 24, 2011  11:29 AM ET

Now that we're back to semi-reality, where guys break down at 33 and are done at 37, I can't believe anyone is still discussing 8-10 years at 30+ for this guy. This has the potential to make Zito look like a wise signing in 3-4 years.

April 24, 2011  11:47 AM ET
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I love reading comments like this. Usually Cards fans are screaming "Pay him what he wants!!!!". And then what? Albert Pujols standing at first base on his pile of money surrounded by 20 year olds and 35 year old minor league lifers? He's a great hitter, but he's one guy. Pay two 26 year old guys to each give you half his production and lock THEM up for eight years. Not a 30+ year old who is already showing signs of starting to break down.

I'm a realist, Bonus, and I've been a Cards fan for a long time. One man does not make a team so why commit one-third of your payroll to one person?

I'm not saying that AP isn't great cuz he is - I'm saying if he's in it for the money only, then STL is not the place for him!

I agree with what you're saying - Thanks!

April 24, 2011  11:48 AM ET
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After Albert's sub par year this year the Cubs won't want to touch him, any more than the Brewers will.

Sorry but that would be sub-par start. I do believe that he'll pull out of it and end up with comparable numbers, like he's posted for the last 10 years.

April 24, 2011  11:49 AM ET
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Now that we're back to semi-reality, where guys break down at 33 and are done at 37, I can't believe anyone is still discussing 8-10 years at 30+ for this guy. This has the potential to make Zito look like a wise signing in 3-4 years.

The only ones "discussing" it are AP and his agent! LOL Even the Cards wouldn't discuss it with him

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April 24, 2011  11:58 AM ET

The idea that Pujols has ten comparable years left and is worthy of what he (and his agent) are asking is as absurd as the idea that Jeter was worth anything more than a minimum contract.

April 24, 2011  12:15 PM ET

It's far too early to speculate at this point. The Cubbies have a rising star in Starlin Castro who may very well be the next big thing. The kid has been nothing short of amazing so far, but again, the season is still young. But I think how Castro performs will dictate how they proceed into the offseason.

 
April 24, 2011  01:12 PM ET

when there's a salary cap in baseball then contracts for some clubs will be an issue...not until then

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