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Albert Pujols — what else is there to say?
Albert Pujols wearing another uniform other than his #5 St. Louis Cardinals jersey seems incredibly inconceivable. But this possibility may be a reality, perhaps sooner than later.
Having been unable to agree to an extension before a laid out deadline during this year's spring training, Pujols is set to test the free agent waters for the first time in his career following the 2011 season. That is, of course, unless he is dealt to another team this summer.
This wouldn't be the first time a possible Pujols trade was rumored. Last year, during spring training, rumors were flying of a possible Pujols-Ryan Howard trade. The Phillies wound up signing Howard to a multi-year extension.
What remains unclear to this point is whether or not the Cards would be able to re-sign Pujols as a free agent. If they feel like they would be unable to, their demands for a return may be a less than if they felt they could be players in the sweepstakes.
And remember, as hard as it is to imagine Pujols playing for another team (like the rival Cubs, perhaps?), premier players have been traded during the primes of their careers. The Texas Rangers traded Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees before the 2004 season.