|That's some saavy equipment managermanship!|
Albert's best days are probably behind him. Don't get me wrong, he is still going to mash for years to come. But I don't think that he's going to be better in the future than he has been in the past. Fair? I think so. He probably wants to beat A-Rod's 10yr/275mill abortion, I would guess. Or at least equal it. But he won't have the Yankees and Red Sox to use as leverage. The problem with that is that St. Louis doesn't have that kind of bank and they never have. This is why I thought the Matt Holliday re-signing was a horrible decision. First of all, he's not even close to being worth 100 million. Secondly, now you pretty much have to commit 40-45 million for 2 position players for the next 7 years. And unless you are the Yankees or Red Sox, you can't do that. They should have let Holliday walk and saved every penny for Pujols. And now they're sort of fucked.
But I get their side, too. Who wants to pay a guy in his late 30's 25 million dollars? It's not like they can hide him at DH once he becomes a lardo. And where is their revenue stream coming from to help offset this? They sell out every game anyway so it's not like more fans are going to come. I can't imagine that their TV deal is worth much since Missouri is a shithole (which has gotten less shitty since -Rex moved back to Ohio). Then again, I think that I would rather pay him more per season but for less years. I wonder if he would take 6yr/180mill? He gets to be the highest paid player in the game but doesn't get to own the most ridiculous contract in sports history. I don't know. I can see the points of either side.
Why would you let the best player in the game walk? But why would you ever give out a terrible contract when you can't really afford it? Why are you signing Holliday to a crazy deal yet draw the line in the sand for Albert fucking Pujols? But how much does 200 million make sense for a guy who is only going to get worse? Tough calls. You know damn well that those idiots from the northside of Chicago will be there next winter with a blank check (oh, I forgot to mention that this deal isn't happening before Spring Training so he's going to hit the open market). They seem like the type of franchise to sign the best player in baseball for 100 years and then watch him be a shell of himself immediately (like Soriano).
But here is my pick for the 2012 home of Albert Pujols...Texas. The Rangers apparently had "Cliff Lee money" available this offseason. They just signed Josh Hamilton to a deal WAY below market value. They can allow Albert to DH later on in his career. That park is a fucking launching pad. Albeit with a different owner, the Rangers have never been afraid to throw around huge money. I can see Nolan Ryan going to Pujols and saying 10yr/300mill. And how do you turn that down. My other spots for Pujols in order: 2. St. Louis, 3. San Francisco, 4. Chicago Cubs, and 5. Washington. Although I think he'd be stupid to sign a really long term deal with an NL team. What about you? Where do you see Albert next year?
How could I end this post without the biggest reason for why Pujols is going to take his talents to Arlington (for the same reasons that Tate Forcier took his talents to Souf Beach)...NO STATE TAX!!! Go to hell, Colin.