Watching the winter musings there are reports of trading for Garza, (opportunity knocks), signing Webb (reclamation opportunity) and filling in at 1B with another Hendry creative deal in Cruz. Other wise what? Hiring Quade and standing pat, talk about downsizing the bloated 25-man payroll and letting contracts run out. Next year liabilities gone will be Ramirez ($14.6M), Fukudome ($13.5M), Silva ($11.5M) , Pena ($5M), Grabow ($4.8M), & Samardzija ($2M) or $51.4M where the club will be without a oft-injured starting 3B, 4th platoon OF'er starting 1B, starting pitcher, injured reliever, & AAA bust. Next year Pujols and Fielder enter free agency. Pujols, the best NL player in the decade and possibly one of the top 2 or 3 in the game including AL over that time. Is he the target? Is he the plan?
Who would be the competitors? What will he cost? He will be 31 years old next year. With Yankees and Boston locked up with DH and 1B they are out. Angels have their injured 1B back, Toronto is flush, White Sox have theirs, Phillies got Howard.
The market that is lining up appears to be Cardinals, Dodgers Giants, Braves, Detroit, Cleveland and Cubs. Of those I can only see Giants, Braves and Cubs really willing or having the capacity to afford a $30M-$35M annual 6-7 year deal, $200M? Is this the plan? Would you work the margins and downsize to get into position for Pujols? I would.