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noname2200 said:
theRepublic said:

Pujols has been a huge part of the Cardinals for the past decade.  But if you look at 2011, you will see that Beltran had a better batting average, better on base percentage, better OPS, and was close in slugging percentage.  He played about the same number of games too.  If he can keep it up, he would be an adequate replacement.

I'm just hoping that age doesn't catch up to Beltran and Berkman and Carpenter.

Pujols is 32.  Pujols will not be worth that contract for probably the last 3 or 4 years.  There are some rumors out there he is 33 or 34, but I don't really believe that.

I think you're being a bit too cavalier about replacing Pujols, especially with a 35 year old, but Beltran did have a good year. I'm with amp, though, in expecting a decrease in performance. I expect them to beat the Reds, though.

And yes, the Pujols contract is going to be an albatross in a few years. I can't wait! ^_^

The reason I am not super worried is that the Cards had the best offense in the NL by far last year.  They have some room to come back down without it hurting too much.  The pitching will likely be better, so that should help too.

I hated seeing Pujols go, but for that number of years and that much money...I can deal with it.  It would have hurt the Cards in the long run.

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