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Pujols Free Agency Is A ‘Jump Ball’

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Albert Pujols is arguably the best player in baseball today. As a result, his impending free agency will garner a lot of attention throughout the season.

But all the attention it will be given won’t help to clear up what really lies ahead for Pujols, because it’s just too early to tell.

“I think it’s a jump ball,” Bernie Miklasz from the St.Louis Dispatch, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “I think, all things equal, he’ll stay. I think it’s going to come down to him actually checking out free agency and seeing if someone else is going to offer something crazy. And if somebody else offers something crazy, will the Cardinals come close to it, will they try to keep him? If the market doesn’t shape up for him the way that he’s hoping, then obviously the Cardinals would have a much better chance.

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“I think in his heart he wants to be here. But I also think he wants to get what he feels he deserves based on his status in the game…I find it hard to believe that if the money is close, that he would want to start all over again somewhere else. Because he runs the show here, he’s comfortable here, he calls the shots, he doesn’t have to put up with anything…It would seem strange to me to put all of that behind you and maybe take a risk on not being as comfortable somewhere else and putting up with people in your face…We just have to wait and see. It’s a jump ball. I know that’s a cop out, but it really is.”

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