Let's be serious for just a little while.
Albert Pujols is (whether you believe it or not) the face of the Cardinals' respective franchise, and that's just how things are. And if a new contract is not offered to St. Louis' sporting savior, Pujols will not be involved in contract negotiations through Spring Training, nor the regular season.
This is a problem.
As much as you'd love to disagree with the fact that Pujols is the most important asset the Cardinals currently attain, the fact of the matter is that it is true.
Here are five of the most essential reasons why St. Louis must seal-up Pujols—no matter what the cost.