Feb 24 2011
Spring Training for the St. Louis Cardinals hasn’t gotten off on the best foot. We’re all aware of the well-documented Pujols negotiations. Now, word from camp is that Adam Wainwright may have a serious elbow injury that requires Tommy John Surgery. I can’t imagine two worse pieces of news to start the season…….
I’m not going to get into the fact that Wainwright‘s injury pretty much eliminates the Cardinals from any hopes of postseason play. Without him, they may be behind the Reds, Brewers, and Cubs in the NL Central. Unfortunately, I do believe there are serious implications to having the Cardinals’ ace sidelined for over a year.
Pujols. He’s not signed. He wants to play for a winner, and St. Louis simply isn’t going to win without Wainwright. Period. Now this is just speculation, but if he can’t get his money, and they have a terrible season, you better believe he’s going to shop the market. It’s pretty much a situation that can be monitored day-by-day as the season goes along. What if he decides he wants out?
Which leads to my final point…… If you’re losing, Wainwright won’t be back until next June, and you can’t accomplish a think on the Pujols front, why not trade him? You saw what happened with Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams. Do you realize how much you can get for this guy? You can’t tell me that the Cardinals won’t have this in the back of their mind. Sure, they want to keep Albert. Absolutely, but if it doesn’t look good…. you gotta pull the eject button.
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