J35J wrote: JTWood wrote:
J35J wrote:If I was in as bad of shape as St. Louis I would consider trading Pujols for a handful of young talent. Most all the talent would have to be major league ready guys though.... I'm not thinking St. Louis will be very competitive for the next 2-3 years and by then Pujols will be in his 30's. I'm not saying trade him just to trade him but if you got 4-5 young studs who can play this year or would be ready next year then i would consider it pretty easily! Of course it all depends on who the young players are....
This team is already being primed for sale. Could you imagine the PR nightmare if the organization traded their most popular player?
If I got the right deal back I don't care what the PR nightmare would be if it made my team better in the long run....either way, its a moot point because he won't get traded and like I said it would take a lot for me to even trade him. Just wanted to say its not a completely ridiculous thought.
I would agree. I know the M's get caught up too much in the PR crap, when in the long run it's not about the players (except in very rare instances), it's about winning. They've kept guys around too long and tried to "stay competitive without rebuilding" (in fact one of the FO guys said "We will NOT do a Cleveland-style rebuild!" like it was really a terrible thing
) by overpaying FAs and now are paying the consequences. They have a team with basically no shot (unless lady luck smiles on them all year long) and a FO with no plan. It's really quite disturbing.
Anyway, if the Cards wanted to rebuild in a hurry then Pujols would be the best chip out there. Relatively young, high-impact bats who are locked up reasonably for several years aren't that common. If I were the GM, I definitely don't want to trade him. But like I said earlier, if you throw Kemp/LaRoche/Loney/Kershaw/Broxton at me, I have no choice but to listen. I'd be doing the franchise a disservice if I didn't.