MLB Free Agents & Trade Rumors 2011: Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and the Rest

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MLB Free Agents & Trade Rumors 2011: Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and the Rest
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We're just two weeks into the 2011 Major League Baseball season, but it's never too early to look ahead to the offseason (especially for us Red Sox fans out there).

The potential 2011-12 free agent class is absolutely loaded with talent—it's akin to the 2011 NBA free agent class with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and the rest—and there will be plenty of story lines worth following as the season goes on.

How will the St. Louis Cardinals' inability to sign superstar first baseman Albert Pujols to an extension this past offseason affect his play in 2011?

Could the Milwaukee Brewers deal big bopper Prince Fielder if they're out of the playoff hunt by July?

Will the Boston Red Sox be able to hang onto slugger Adrian Gonzalez beyond 2011 after making a huge deal for him this winter?

If the Red Sox' struggles continue, could they swap closer Jonathan Papelbon for some young talent, hand over the reins to Daniel Bard or Bobby Jenks and build for the future?

No one knows just yet. But that's the beauty of this space. We'll keep an eye on all of the free-agent goings on and gauge the likelihood of anything exciting happening. So stick with us and let your opinion be heard.

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