Can signing the games best player be the worst decision of your life? The St. Louis Cardinals could find out if they give him Alex Rodriguez money.
The self-imposed contract deadline came and went for the Cardinals slugger. Now, Albert Pujols will walk into the 2011 season without a new contract and the possibility of playing somewhere else next year.
The Cardinals can see the vultures circling. The Cubs, Angels, Dodgers, and Mets are all peaking to see how much it will take to sign the star who seems destined to break Bonds' or Aaron’s record (whichever your revisionist history).
But for all those Cardinal fans who think that a deal must get done above all else, the reality is that unless Pujols gives them a hometown discount, they should let him walk next year. While by comparison Pujols seems to be worth the $30 million he’s said to be looking for, in reality he’s not worth it.
If the Cardinals give in to his demands they’ll be regretting it for years. Let’s break this down.