Yeah I think it's time for Pujols to go off the board here...even if he is 36 and declining, as some suggest, he's in a sweet line up spot, is one of the best hitters ever, is still in great shape physically, and has had a year to review and face AL pitching.
As bad as the guy played for two months last season, I don't see how his production totals could get any lower than '12, assuming he stays healthy.
Which puts 30/105/85R/.285/5 in the bank. And with 50 doubles last year, nobody could rule out Pujols flirting with 40 HR this year.
From May 16th on (When he hit his 2nd home run and the pressure valve finally seemed to release), he was .308/.371/.588/.959, which is better than his 2011...and if you pro-rated that over the whole year it would be 38/120/100R/.308/10. And that's before Hamilton.
Of course we can't dismiss what happened at the start of '12, but, give the guy a break. New teammates, bigger market, huge contract that LAA fans demand production from, fans of his new team already saying the deal is gonna suck half way through, enormous pressure, new pitchers. All of that makes it easier to overlook the first month and a half of last season.
Why don't they just get a house that's already painted?