408 career home runs.
1230 career RBI’s.
.331 career batting average.
1 World Series ring
Albert Pujols is every general managers dream player. He resembles four key facts that a GM drools over.
#1 Above average production
#2 Consistent above average production
#3 Maintains a clean public image
#4 Has playoff and world series exposure (he knows what it takes to get there and win, and others in the clubhouse can feed off that and believe that its possible)
What more could you ask for?
Maybe the fact that the player is now a free agent and on the market.
Albert Pujols is all of the above and many have speculated that Kansas City is a place that fits him well.
Kansas City of all places. The place that never has money.
Statistically, Pujols shows no signs of slowing down. At 31 he easily has three or four great years left in the tank. We are talking MVP potential years. He is widely considered the best hitter in the game and you can’t argue one bit. He stays healthy and has been through thick and thin in a Cardinals uniform, all the while maintaining what could possibly be the most consistently productive career from a player, EVER.
He has never had an off year. NEVER. In the ten years he has played professional major league ball, he has produced nothing short of MVP type play. It’s amazing really.
Most players that we consider good or hall of fame worthy started off their careers a little slow, then gradually improved year after year maintaining their hall of fame numbers only to come to a screeching halt due to age, injury, and lack of production.
Pujols shows no signs of this behaivor. He started off as a monster and has stayed monsterous for ten years. Same numbers, year after year.
That is like buying a brand new BMW that initially drives like a champ and for the next ten or more years shows absolutely no signs of wear. NONE. Drives perfect. No mileage. NONE. NONE. NONE.
What an investment that is. What an investment Pujols is. By the trend shown in his numbers there is no reason why we should believe he isnt worth another five year mega contract. Something you may tend to pay to a 24 year old up and coming super star with a lot of ceiling room.
Pujols is the man. He really is.
Its not realistic and jokingly so, you have to trust that under the numbers he could play to 60 or 100 years old and put up the same stats every year.
All good things come to an end though, but in the stock market-when you see a bull stock such as this-a comet of financially overflowing production and madness- you have to take the risk and put all the money on the table. All in hopes of that one RING. Which Pujols already owns.
The task for Dayton Moore in the front office isnt convinces Pujols to come to KC. If the money is good then he is in. He and his wife are from here and Pujols knows well that this is a good place for him to finish out. He isnt trying to get to the Yankees or Redsox to get a title before the ship sinks. he already has one. He has done everything that is expected of a hall of fame calibur player. Titles and numbers get you there. Piece of cake for Albert.
The real task is convincing David Glass to do the unusual in the Royals business. Pay for the big gun and see what happens. Big guns cost more money. More production costs more money. You want something more out of a player? Pay him more. Pujols will produce. So pay him what he is so confident he will do. Pull the trigger Glass. This is your one shot to grab the best on the market. The odds are in your favor and if you dont take advantage its easy to believe you dont really care. Its bad business for you to pass this up. Its naive and stupid for you to not see this and any excuse will not work.
Sign your all star. Good luck.
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