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Best for baseball? Pujols in Chicago

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08:17 AM ET 12.01 | Perhaps the most interesting Albert Pujols scenario is to watch him sign with the Chicago Cubs. Few inside the game believe Pujols' flirtation with the Cubs is anything more than both parties willfully using one another, but they are talking, and they are going to meet, and so it remains possibility enough to explore how St. Louis' devastation would be worthwhile collateral damage for the rest of the sport. The NBA last season delivered the best example yet of a phenomenon that today must be called the LeBron Corollary: When someone with deep emotional ties to a city not only betrays that bond but does so in cruel fashion, it catalyzes interest in him and his sport.

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December 1, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Pretty simple.

If a team wants Pujols to leave the Cards behind they need to pay him. You aren't going to be able to get "creative" to sign him. Its going to be cold hard cash... and significantly more of it than the Cards offers.

December 1, 2011  08:36 AM ET

Why would any team top the Cardinals offer for a guy who will be 32 next year and frankly remains under suspicion for ped use. It's dumb even for the Cardinals. but at least he's an icon there.

December 1, 2011  08:52 AM ET

Merely talking about this topic over and over does not make it happen. It's fine to draw interest and money from other teams but I can't imagine Pujols actually going through with it. He won't. The Cubs are very much in the bidding for Fielder however, for better or for worse

December 1, 2011  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Merely talking about this topic over and over does not make it happen. It's fine to draw interest and money from other teams but I can't imagine Pujols actually going through with it. He won't. The Cubs are very much in the bidding for Fielder however, for better or for worse

Its not just a question of Pujols going thru with it. I don't see any team competing with what the Cardinals already offered. In fact the trick is the Cardinals offer itself in my opinion is already too high but can't see how they can reduce it.

December 1, 2011  09:08 AM ET

I fail to see how Pujols in Chicago is "best for baseball."

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December 1, 2011  09:15 AM ET

Lou's gonna howl like a banshee when he sees this!

December 1, 2011  09:16 AM ET

What is actually best for baseball is for him to go to a big market team that can eat that contract when his skills diminish but the contract does not.

December 1, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I fail to see how Pujols in Chicago is "best for baseball."

h2opololpunk == i agree. its just a bunch of hooey.

December 1, 2011  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why would any team top the Cardinals offer for a guy who will be 32 next year and frankly remains under suspicion for ped use. It's dumb even for the Cardinals. but at least he's an icon there.

True that.

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December 1, 2011  09:34 AM ET

If the Cubs had any sort of a baseball team ..then we could talk about this as a possibility...but there is no way he goes there to get a beatdown everyday until they turn that club around he'll be ready to retire by the time that happens...n

December 1, 2011  09:45 AM ET

What a load of crap!

Pure and simple, they are using each other because AP hasn't gotten the "genuine" interest shown him that he expected and the Cubs sure as hell can't afford him. Plus because AP "wants to win" the Cubs is the LAST team he needs to be looking at.

December 1, 2011  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

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December 1, 2011  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

What a load of crap!Pure and simple, they are using each other because AP hasn't gotten the "genuine" interest shown him that he expected and the Cubs sure as hell can't afford him. Plus because AP "wants to win" the Cubs is the LAST team he needs to be looking at.

If you believe this then you clearly don't know how the game is played. The Cubs are the FIRST team he should be associating with if nothing more than to raise his value and draw hissy fits such as yours. And the Cubs can afford anything the Cardinals can and more.

December 1, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I fail to see how Pujols in Chicago is "best for baseball."

To me, what's best for baseball is for Albert to stay in St. Louis.

December 1, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

To me, what's best for baseball is for Albert to stay in St. Louis.

Mabey, but there's nothing wrong with other teams in the division making it uncomfortable for them by attempting to raise his value. Hopefully the Cardinals will bite and end up paying more

December 1, 2011  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

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+1

December 1, 2011  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If you believe this then you clearly don't know how the game is played. The Cubs are the FIRST team he should be associating with if nothing more than to raise his value and draw hissy fits such as yours. And the Cubs can afford anything the Cardinals can and more.

The Cubs can afford him financially, but aren't even close to providing the winning scenario Albert wants.

SGB is right, this article is crap. Albert isn't going anywhere.

 
December 1, 2011  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

To me, what's best for baseball is for Albert to stay in St. Louis.

Don't worry, he's not going anywhere. More because no team is going to match St. Louis' offer not out of any player loyalty.

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