According to MLB Trade Rumors, Albert Pujols has moved up his deadline for the Cardinals to get a deal done to February 15th, only six days away.
The original deadline was set for February 19th, but Albert has decided to show up to camp early to prepare for what could be his final Spring Training as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
MLBTR also adds that as of this past weekend, the Cardinals have still not tendered an official offer to baseball’s premier slugger, fueling speculation that he will be traded before the deadline.
While Mets fans can talk all they want about adding Albert Pujols, the fact remains that with all the financial uncertainty hovering over this season, the odds that the Mets would take on a player of this caliber and pay him about $30 million dollars per season are very slim to say the least. Too bad…
Very few teams would be able to take on the financial burden of Albert Pujols or be able to pay the price in players and prospects to acquire him. However, Phillies fans are salivating at the thought, and the more I read and hear from them, the more I’m buying into it.
With the Yankees, Angels and Red Sox seemingly set at first base the Cardinals will have a tough time finding a suitable team to negotiate a trade with. The Phillies actually match up quite well.
Ryan Howard could be the cure-all for the Cardinals who might prefer to pay Howard $25 million per season for five years, rather than giving Pujols $30 million a season for seven years. Both players are the same age so Howard would be 35 entering the last season of his deal, while Pujols would be 37 assuming he gets a seven year deal.
The Phillies might have to kick in an extra prospect or two to make it work, but basically the trade would help both teams and it certainly seems like a match on the surface.
Pujols of course would be a monster in CBP and the marketing revenue alone would make up for the difference between Howard’s salary and Pujols. And as Pujols begins to smash long-standing MLB records and milestones, he virtually assures the Phillies that they will have a packed house for every home game in the next seven years.
I wish I could draw up a scenario like that for the Mets, but for the life of me I cant.