Could Albert Pujols coming to the Red Sox actually be a reality in 2012?
WIth Albert Pujols self imposed deadeline on the Cardnials now past, the web is ablaze this morning wih chatter on how if the Red Sox wanted, they could make an earnest push for the best player in baseball next year. The quick numbers are this, with so many players coming off contract after 2011, the Red Sox will potentially have $55 million free, giving them reasonable wiggle room to make a run at Pujols. I'd also expect to see the Cubs throw their hat in the ring, and the Cardinals blood rivals may actually be the front-runners if things really are dead with the Cardinals - but that's a story yet to be written.
What I don't get is that people in the Red Sox Blogosphere are discounting this from being a possibilty as soon as they write about it. Peter Abraham from Boston.com went as far as to put up a disclaimor on his post, which is pretty damn ridiculous, I mean - show a little balls there guy. From my vantage point as a fan, I'm asking why the hell wouldn't the Red Sox at the very least kick the tires on this? At the worst they could help drive up the cost of what's sure to be the largest contract in baseball history, and unless they're afraid that Pujols and his outstanding career are due in part to standing on the back of PED's, I can't see a reason why they wouldn't pursue this. Can you?