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Albert Pujols: 4 Ways His Injury Affects His Free Agency Status
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Albert Pujols injury may cost the Cardinals this year; will it cost him in free agency?

By all accounts, Albert Pujols has been baseball's ironman for the better part of a decade. While he may not evoke images of Cal Ripken Jr. playing in 2,632 consecutive games, he has only been on the disabled list twice in over 10 seasons. 

His most recent injury, a hairline fracture extending from his forearm to his wrist, is far and away the most serious. Questions about his bat speed and bat control will have to be answered. 

Even with the gaudy career statistics of a .329 average, 425 home runs and 1275 runs batted in, it may prove costly for all parties involved.

Here are four ways Albert Pujols' injury will affect his free agency.

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