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Can you imagine what Pujols could do playing his home games in Texas on a hot summer day? That would definitely be a sight to see.
Sadly, that day probably won't come—but that does not mean it doesn't make sense.
Pujols is set to be a free agent after the season. He has expressed his desire for the Cards to bring in talent around him—one example being when they acquired Matt Holliday.
Now hear me out: What if the Cards traded Pujols for a boatload of MLB-ready talent and prospects and then were able to re-sign him during the offseason?
If I were a betting man (other than on college football), right now I'd put the odds of Pujols returning to St. Louis at about 60/40—the entire 40 percent belonging to the Cubs.
His struggles out of the gate will make Cards brass even more hesitant to give him the $200-plus million Pujols will demand on the open market.
The Rangers have a young first baseman by the name of Mitch Moreland who would fit in well with the Cards. They also have young pitcher Derek Holland who has shown a lot of promise and could fill a hole left by a probable Chris Carpenter departure.
If they throw in top prospects like LHP Martin Perez and stud SS Jurickson Profar, the Cards could use their current position to make their future bright with or without Pujols.
Not a bad idea.