Albert Pujols was drafted, came up through the Cardinals ranks and put together the best 11 years any major league baseball player has ever started with. The Cardinals new it was a possibility that Pujols would leave the club and now General Manager John Mozleliak has to shift his focus to make sure that 2012 is fun and exciting to watch for fans that have grown accustomed to seeing good Cardinals baseball.
It wasn’t a matter of what the market could bear, but what the Cardinals could afford and Mozeliak admitted the team was beginning to stretch beyond their means to meet the demands for Pujols. The organization was hopeful that Pujols would have been a lifelong Cardinal, but they knew the risks involved with signing Pujols long term into his 40’s.
Mozeliak says the Cardinals have a good idea of where they want to head and with the resources available, it should allow the Cardinals to be aggressive this offseason.