St. Louis manager Tony La Russa and the Cardinals' medical staff will keep a closer eye this season on Albert Pujols' balky right elbow.
Pujols, who opted not to have surgery to repair a strained ligament after meeting with specialists during the offseason, is less concerned. The slugger said he will not change his routine as he prepares for opening day.
"If it blows out it's going to blow out," Pujols said. "You can't control that." (yahoo)
My take: The Cardinals are already dead in the water so what does Pujols have to play for? If his elbow becomes too much of a problem, look for him to shut things down and get the elbow taken care of once and for all.
Personally, I have Pujols ranked #10 on my preranks. However, I do have to admit I don't know how much I'd hold to that if I did end up with the #10 pick with Pujols on the board. However, I do still have him as the #1 First Baseman because the upside can be tremendous. I would have less of a problem drafting him at #10 or later purely because his upside is huge. But there's no way I take him with a Top 5 pick.
It may be possible that Pujols would be great trade bait at the All Star Break if he stays healthy. I would figure Pujols would fall apart more towards season's end than he would in the beginning (due to the wear and tear of the season). By then, the Cards may be way out of contention and season ending surgery sounds more plausible later in the season than it does in April.
A small tidbit though: The mock drafts I've done have seen Pujols being drafted between #2 and #5. For the most part it didnt seem like owners were afraid to pick him.
He's dropped 30% in Mock Draft Central's ADP Trends report, but still remains a top 10 pick. ME? I don't want anything to do with him . . .. I'm not smart enough to spend my 1st pick on a question mark.
"We've got half a pack of cigarette's, a full tank of gas, it's a hundred miles to Chicago, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses . . . Hit It."
I don't want anything to do with Pujols this year. Plus, his age is a major strike against him. What is he, 36, 37 now? I know what it says on the back of his baseball card, but I mean how old is he REALLY?
...age 48 but the HGH allows him to have clearer skin and that youthful complexion. In all truth I do hope those muscles remain real throughout his career. Yes, why take a player who is probably not willing to push himself on a team that is going to fight for last in their division? Better to take someone who has no worries going into the 2008 season.
by The Loveable Losers » Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:33 am
It depends on your goals in your league.
If your goal is to finish respectably then you don't want to touch Pujols or any first-round pick with question-marks. If your goal is to win your league and you're in a competitive league then Pujols seems like an ideal pick at his ADP. This isn't some fringe first round pick that's hurt here. His CAREER 162 game average is .332/.420/.620/1.040 with 44 doubles, 42 hr's, 126 runs, 128 rbi's, and 6 sb's. Those are INSANE numbers and he's been doing that sort of thing every single year. His 'down year' last year ranked him #21 overall - so barring the injury taking him out of the games entirely you'd be hard-pressed to find a more reliable producer.
by The Loveable Losers » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:23 pm
DRAFTAHOLIC wrote:Just wondering what manager of a team does NOT want to finish respectively?
Honestly I have a few leagues where I either want to win or I don't care. It's either first place or it doesn't matter. In those type of leagues I'd be all over an undervalued Pujols. In other leagues I just want to finish at or near the top. I'd be somewhat happy with a 3rd or 4th place finish. In those types of leagues you have to stay away from Pujols. So it all depends on your goals as to whether Pujols is worth the risk or not.