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Your totally wacky and totally made up trade speculation of the day

Feb 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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The sports schedule needs to figure out how to eliminate the couple of weeks between the Super Bowl and the spring training games starting because that void leads to boredom and that boredom leads to stuff like this from Harold Reynolds — laundered to arguable respectability by Ken Rosenthal — to bubble up to the surface:

Albert Pujols for Mark Teixeira.

And, if that doesn’t work, Pujols for Ryan Howard.

Think it’s nuts? Think again.

Rosenthal argues for it by suggesting that the Yankees need to “make a splash” and that the Cardinals would love to unload the Pujols contract headache. Pujols has a no-trade clause, but he’d agree to it, Rosenthal says. He may be right about that part.  Teixeira has one too, and Rosenthal says he’d agree to it.  That would make no sense.  Why would Teixeira want to leave the Yankees and willingly try to fill the shoes of a Cardinals legend? A legend, by the way, who is way better and way more beloved than Teixeira will ever be by Cardinals fans.  Rosenthal says the Cards could play him more to agree, but isn’t money the roadblock to keeping Pujols?

Rosenthal goes on to talk about a Howard-Pujols trade, which if I remember correctly got Buster Olney nearly laughed off the Internet last spring.  Or a trade to the Tigers for Miguel Cabrera because, you know, Pujols would just love to play in Detroit. He ends it all with a trade for Adrian Gonzalez, sending Pujols to Boston. That would probably make more sense than any of the other ones but that’s damning with faint praise given that all of these are psychotic scenarios.

Which isn’t to slam Rosenthal. He all but admits that they’re psychotic scenarios at the outset of his article.  I think he, like a lot of us, is just bored.

  1. cur68 - Feb 15, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    And so, 1 by 1, the barriers to Cardinals Albert becoming Yankers Albert, begin to fall…

  2. Jonny 5 - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    What about “who the Cards will trade to keep Albert” article? That’s more realistic.

    • Alex K - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      Holliday won’t be a Phillie.

    • Brian Murphy - Feb 15, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      It’s during days such as this one where HBT should have a reader’s choice article. You pick the subject, Craig does the work.

  3. aburns77 - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Only Rosenthal would come up with this trade idea. Sure, trading Tex for Pujols sounds like a good idea in that the Cardinals are getting a somewhat comparable player locked up for a lot of years, but to say that it’s a near even swap of talent is pretty ridiculous. Tex is an excellent player don’t get me wrong, but if the Cardinals aren’t poised to give Pujols 30million a year for the world’s best player I don’t see how 23million for an above average 1st baseman is that much easier to swallow.

  4. sknut - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    I do have to wonder if the Yankees couldn’t trade Teixeira if they really wanted Pujols, I mean if the Pujols wanted to sign with the Yankees, wouldn’t the Cubs be a fit for Teixeira. I know the Yankees would lose a lot of leverage but it would solve the whole where is Albert/Mark going to play.

  5. jamie54 - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Yo, Ken, get that bag of glue off your face dude, you’re starting to hallucinate.

  6. cur68 - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Albert will be a Yanker next season. You read it here first.

  7. spudchukar - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    If I hallucinated everytime I get bored, I wouldn’t just not need drugs, I wouldn’t need reality.

  8. fordman84 - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Texas sends Hamilton for Pujols. Tell me Pujols wouldn’t LOVE to hit in Arlington.

    • cur68 - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      Never saw that one comin!

  9. proudlycanadian - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    How about Rosenthal for Heyman and a SI Swimsuit Edition Bikini used by Brooklyn Decker..

    • cur68 - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      Please god, make that deal happen…

  10. wonkypenguin - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Are these actual trade ideas or just a “let’s list every first baseman who’s good!” story?

    • cur68 - Feb 15, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      it’s the stuff you have in quotes

  11. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Granted, I AM the biggest Ryan Howard fan around. But if the Phillies could pull off something like Ryan Howard and Dominic Brown for Albert Pujols, I would do that deal in a heartbeat. I’m wondering whether the Cardinals would do the deal if they get to the point where they concede that they aren’t keeping him after this season.

  12. xmatt0926x - Feb 15, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    just the fact that it started with Harold Reynolds tells you all you need to know. He’s the worst. Seems like a nice guy but he adds no insight when he’s on Hot Stove on mlb ntework. Its like listening to a 14 year old fan. The other panelists give professional insight then they get to him and he just states some overly obvious fact then starts cracking jokes. He was the same way on Baseball Tonight. Other than the Yankees, why would any team want to face the prospect of paying Pujols $30 million/per year until age 41??

    • cur68 - Feb 15, 2011 at 4:21 PM

      that’s my point right there! The last sentence I mean, not the smack about Reynolds. Had a dog named Reynolds (Rey Rey the Retriever) thus have always had a soft spot for HR. Good ole Rey Rey…sniffin butts in heaven lo these many years…

      • xmatt0926x - Feb 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

        Thats what im saying. The Cardinals are in a horrible position. They can either get rid of an all-timer who will some day be looked on with Willie Mays type stature and alienate your fan base or you can strap yourself to a deal that might be a mega-albatross for the final 4 years. No team is trading for that no matter how great the immediate benefit may be.

    • spudchukar - Feb 15, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      Compared to Joe Morgan, Harold Reynolds is baseball’s equivalent to Einstein.

  13. greggbo - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Not sure why you are criticizing Rosenthal. He went out of his way to say that this was pure, fun speculation. It was a totally honest article.

    It was also more interesting and thought-provoking than 98% of the articles published this time of year, when interest in baseball is high and real baseball news is almost non-existent. Give me more articles like Rosenthals,

  14. cintiphil - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Rosenthal’s trade possibilities are too stupid to comment on.

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