Thanks to Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Rule V draft is going almost completely unnoticed. A 10-year deal worth $250 million for the best player of the last decade in MLB will do that.
The Angels have made a huge splash here. Pujols changes the complexion of their roster. Strictly speaking, this is an overpay, but it could be thoroughly worthwhile if things come together for the Angels and their new slugger.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals are the woman abandoned, and the Miami Marlins are the one Pujols left at the altar. Both are now likely to spend money in other places, although neither is expected to be involved in the pursuit of Prince Fielder.
Say, speaking of Fielder, this seems to make the market for him even juicier. If Pujols (four years Fielder's elder, and coming off his worse season) is worth $250 million, surely Fielder can demand at least $200 million.
To get there, he will need multiple suitors. Scott Boras, Fielder's agent, will surely find some, and one particular team just got a whole lot more motivation to make their push. Here are the 10 teams most likely to land Fielder in the wake of the Pujols deal.