Albert Pujols Snug As a Bug: The 4 Best Fits For The Cardinal Slugger
There's nothing better than finding a pair of favorite sweatpants with a perfect fit.
Albert Pujols needs that. He's done all the Cardinals have asked and exceeded all expectations. In my eyes, I believe he deserves $30 million a season.
Look at what Alex Rodriguez does, and look at what Pujols does.
(Note: Rodriguez's stats are from 2001-2010 because Pujols entered the league in 2001)
-Batting Average: Rodriguez: .299; Pujols: .331
-Home Runs: Rodriguez: 424 ;Pujols: 404 (although Pujols is down by 20, Rodriguez was already established in this league as a big power hitter )
-Slugging Percentage: Rodriguez: .575; Pujols: .624 (that's a difference of 49 points!!!)
The Cardinals and the nine-time All-Star will likely part ways this season, but where will he go?
Now, this article isn't about rumors or what's going on now, it's just my analysis of where he would fit very well.
New York Yankees
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Stadium: Yankee Stadium (Left Field: 318 ft, Center Field: 408 ft, Right Field: 314 ft)
The first thing that may come to your mind is, "What? Why would Albert pick the Yankees when they have Teixeria?"
Well my friend, the American League and the National League have one huge difference—the Designated Hitter.
Right now, the projected DH for the Bronx Bombers is Jorge Posada.
Teixeria/Pujols > Posada
The Yankees have the will to get Pujols, they can find a way (they're the Yankees), and we all know they have the cash.
Don't be surprised if the Yankees give a run at Pujols. Plus with Rivera retiring within the next two years, they could catch a break on the contract in the first two years.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Stadium: Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Left Field: 330 ft, Center Field: 400 ft, Right Field: 330 ft)
The Angels were a disappointing team last year, going under .500 for the first time since 2003.
Pujols would be welcomed with extremely open arms by the Angel fans, who love their team with a passion. He could play first base, while Kendry Morales is the DH, or vise versa. And remember, this team was rated one of the best franchises by ESPN a couple of years ago.
Plus, the Angels have a high payroll, so they could sign him to his dream $30 million a year contract.
Boston Red Sox
Stadium: Fenway Park (Left Field: 310 ft, Center Field: 389 ft, Right Field: 302 ft)
Once again, some may say, "They just signed Adrian Gonzalez!!! What are you thinking?"
Well David Ortiz is getting quite old, and although he did well last season, I predict that he doesn't match last years numbers.
Plus, with the signings of Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, we know the Sox are willing to spend money.
If the Sox win the World Series this year (which is quite possible for them), I believe Big Papi will retire because he's done all he's needed to do as a player.
Fenway Park is one of the smallest parks in the MLB, and Pujols should lick his chops if he plays there. He can hit to all fields, and the right field wall would be a frequent home run spot for Pujols
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Stadium: Safeco Field (Left Field: 331 ft, Center Field: 405 ft, Right Field: 326 ft)
The Mariners have been disappointing in the past couple of years. I can relate it to an underachieving high schooler.
The Mariners have so much potential in Felix Hernandez, Erik Bedard, Chone Figgins, and Ichiro—yet they finish at the bottom of the division!
The Mariners have a high payroll (like these other teams), they don't have a solid first baseman, and the fans need a reason to believe in their team.