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Exploring other options is not an option for Charlie Manuel
What an interesting off season that would have been had Ryan Howard not sign his extension in April of 2010.
Howard would be a free agent, Pujols and Fielder would of course be free agents again this season, and Adrian Gonzalez may not have signed the extension he did if there was a big market for firstbasemen coming up, with Ryan Howard being included.
The dominoes would continue to fall, Pujols may not want as much money, being that Howard hasn’t set the market for the top first baseman. Fielder would of course still be free in addition to Adrian Gonzalez. It would be like a fantasy draft at that point among big-budget teams. Each would likely be receiving a lot less money, being stacked on the market with each other, with the exception going to the last one to sign.
We were not able to enjoy that type of offseason and that type of hot stove around Major League Baseball, and not able to watch the sums of cash be thrown at people. That opportunity has too passed.