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Albert Pujols: Top 5 Reasons Cardinals Should Trade Their Franchise Player

James D'ElettoContributor IIIOctober 21, 2016

Albert Pujols: Top 5 Reasons Cardinals Should Trade Their Franchise Player

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    The St. Louis Cardinals seem like they are going to wait for a decision from Albert Pujols about his future with the ball club.

    That is not a smart decision for the Cardinals. We've seen this happen before. 

    Here are the top five reasons why the Cardinals should end the relationship with King Albert on their terms.

5. Injuries

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    Pujols moved from left field to first base in 2003 due to an injury and has seemingly had chronic back and elbow issues in the past.

    He has really dodged some bullets in regards to severity with injuries.

    It is only a matter of time for them to catch up to Pujols and become more serious.

4. $30-35 Million a Year

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    The St. Louis Cardinals do not exactly have the budget of the New York Yankees and do not have all-stars at most positions.

    The Cards would have $35 million to spread around to multiple positions by trading away Pujols instead of signing him to an extension.

    By not paying Pujols $35 million a year, the Cardinals would be a more well-rounded team throughout their lineup, instead of just their 3-4-5 hitters.

3. Position Depth

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    Perhaps the deepest position in all of baseball throughout Major League Baseball, first base has its share of decent options.

    Signing a first baseman with good numbers for a fraction of the cost is not a bad idea. 

    In 2010 there were over 12 first basemen with at least 19 home runs. Some of them didn’t even play the full year.

2. 10-Year Contract Extension

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    Albert Pujols is 31 years old in 2011.

    In 2012 are you going to sign him for 10 more years? That makes him 42 years old at the end of the contract.

    The person with the most home runs by a 42-year-old was Barry Bonds (28). The most by someone without any extra help was Carlton Fisk (18).

1. Lebron James Factor

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    The No. 1 reason the Cardinals should trade Albert Pujols is...

    The St. Louis Cardinals do not want to end up like the Cleveland Cavaliers, watching their franchise walk away with nothing to show for it.

    Albert Pujols might not take his talents to South Beach, but he could take his talents to New York, Los Angeles or even (close your eyes Cardinals fans) Chicago.

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