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Albert Pujols is the best hitter on the market. All things considered, he is the single most valuable player the Cubs could acquire.
Pujols has been completely dominant thus far in his career. He has one three MVP awards (and also finished second in MVP voting on four other occasions), is a lifetime .328 hitter and has won two World Series titles.
Because Albert Pujols is the best pure hitter in the Major Leagues, he is expected to get payed accordingly. But at 31 years old and coming off of his worst season, an expensive and lengthy contract comes with some risk. His production could dip dramatically near the end of his contract.
Still, Pujols has a lot of production left in him. He will be a dangerous and feared hitter in any team's lineup. Depending on how much cash the Cubs are willing to spend, they could still have the resources to build a balanced team around him.
Scoring Albert Pujols would be a big move; it would instantly make the Cubs a much better team. With Pujols, the Cubs would be close to contention.