MLB Free Agency: How Will Albert Pujols' Injury Affect His Free Agent Value?
Albert Pujols might not want to talk about how his injury will affect his upcoming free agency, but everyone else sure does.
One week ago, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that Pujols would miss at least four weeks (possibly as long as six or eight) with a broken wrist, his value on the market —some had speculated before the season that he could earn upwards of $300 million—took a nosedive.
ESPN.com's Buster Olney says the pressure Pujols will be under when he returns will be greater than any other soon-to-be-free agent has ever faced. When he returns, he'll have to prove himself to the rest of the league all over again.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal doesn't think the injury will matter much unless "it affects his long-term ability as a hitter." Rosenthal is dismissive of that idea, but he acknowledges that he might not look quite like himself for the rest of the season.
MLBTradeRumors.com's Ben Nicholson-Smith was less optimistic—it would take a monstrous postseason performance like Carlos Beltran's in 2004 for Pujols to fully regain his value, he says, so "he had better hope the Cardinals stay in the race without him."
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