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So is Rasmus going to be traded for pitching help or not?

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It’s hard to see Berkman putting up this season’s numbers again next year, but it’s very reasonable to assume his tank is not empty just yet. Do you think the STLCards will do something ‘in season’ and try and secure him for a couple of seasons or is it more likely he ends up on the open market and cashes in big on what is likely to be his last MLB contract?

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I have been a Cardinal Fan for almost 60 years watch probably 135-140 games a year, and was drafted out of high school so I think I know a little about both the Cardinals and the game. Never thought I would ever say this but if Albert doesn’t want to play in ST Louis, doesn’t want to take a walk with his team down by 2-3 runs in the 8th or 9th inning and no one on base, if he continues to expand his stike zone making him roll over on outside pitches and ground into one double play after another, if he is not willing to run hard down to first base on ground balls…then maybe the Cardinals should make the deal now aand trade him for both another right handed bat and relief pitching help. A ball player making millions of dollars for less than a years work, who only has to run 3-4 times when he is at bat each day, should be able to at least run hard each and every time. If he can’t then he must be injured and shouldn’t be playing. It sets a terrible example for young kids watching the game as well….if you are a “star” you only have to hustle when you want to. Prime example is Albert getting thrown out at second on a ball hit off the wall because he was standing watching instead of running hard. Albert may laugh and think it’s funny about all the diuble plays he has grounded into but if he wasn’t trying to pad his numbers he would not be swinging at thoes pitches. Where are all the walks Albert has gotten year after year. It’s not a fluke that he’s hitting 270 swinging at more pitches out of the stike zone than at strikes.

If we think Berkman’s tank is close to dry, why should AP’s be much fuller? And if not, then why spend oodles of money and tie up the franchise’s finances for so long? I see AP having 3 more monster years, then backing down to mere mortal. If that’s the case, over pay for 5 years, but nothing more. I want the TEAM to do well, not just one player.

Great job! Thanks! -Greg

There’s certainly a case to be made that any ultra-long-term deal with Pujols (or any player) is something to be afraid of. But there’s really no comparison between Berkman and Pujols. Berkman is four years older and hasn’t played 150 games in a season since 2008.

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