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Albert Pujols is playing third base again

Jun 9, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

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There will come a time when Albert Pujols getting the start at third base will no longer be newsworthy. To be honest, it probably came the last time he started at third base. But hey, it’s almost 5, I’ve been up since 4AM, I’m getting punchy and posting about this seems better than trying to get worked up about something.

So, Pujols at third against the Astros. This will be his third start and fourth overall appearance there.  So far he hasn’t done himself or his team any harm.  But of greater interest to people is that, if he keeps doing this, he’s going to give fantasy owners a midsummer bonus, inasmuch as in some fantasy leagues like Yahoo!’s, he’ll have third base eligibility with two more starts or six more spot appearances. Then you can just trot him out over there all willy nilly.

All of which explains my vague distaste for fantasy baseball and, in this instance, real baseball. Because no matter how he does over there, having Albert Pujols as your third baseman at this stage of his career seems to violate the laws of man and God.  But I guess that’s my problem, not Pujols’, Tony La Russa’s or that guy in your fantasy league who is going to get all giddy when he can use Pujols at third.

  1. CliffC - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Just getting him ready to play 3rd in the Bronx next year.

  2. halladaysbicepts - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    The Cards are getting him used to playing 3rd again before they trade him to the Phillies.

  3. goawaydog - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    The giants could use a 3rd baseman too … Or a first baseman … Then again, can he play short? Pujols, utility infielder, whomwouldmhave thunk it?

  4. paperlions - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Someone care to explain why a team with the 2nd best record in baseball would want to trade one of it’s star players?

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:24 PM

      They will not let Pujols walk for nothing. They know they cannot resign him. They will also need some more quality pitching if they want to compete in the playoffs if they make it that far. The Phillies can fit their pitching needs.

      • Ace - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:31 PM

        So you’re saying the Phillies would trade Halladay for Pujols? Because that’s what it would take.

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      Halladay for Pujols? Are you joking? No player is more valuable than Halladay. I wouldn’t trade Roy Halladay for any 1 player straight up in all of baseball.

      Phillies have a Major League ready pitching prospect in the minors, Vance Worley, as well as some other parts that would suffice for the Cards. Look at the Jimmy Rollins thread for my exact proposal.

      • paperlions - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        Pujols isn’t going anywhere because 1) they won’t trade for prospects while in the hunt for a playoff spot and 2) Pujols can reject any trade and says that he will…and there is no reason to think that he’s bluffing.

        …but, if they were to trade him for Singleton and Cosart…I’d be on board with that.

      • all4tookie - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:14 PM

        You wouldn’t trade Halladay for any one player straight up? Reason #535,356 you aren’t an MLB GM.

        Halladay will make $80 million through 2014 (age 37 then). Evan Longoria will make $42.5m through 2016 (age 31).

        2 extra years of team control yet still just 47% of Halladay’s cost. And Longo is 8 years younger.

      • all4tookie - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        ^sorry, 47% cheaper than Halladay..53% of his cost.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        I wouldn’t trade Halladay for Longoria. No way, not right now. If the Phillies are to win the World Series this year, it will be with Halladay being the horse that he is. Furthermore, he is just a more valuable player then Longoria without a doubt.

      • all4tookie - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:40 PM

        What about next year? Or three years from now when you would still have Longoria in his prime for 2 more seasons? And the $37.5 million you’d have to go out and get another all-star?

      • thefalcon123 - Jun 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM

        WAR by Year:

        2010: Pujols: 7.1, Halladay: 6.6
        2009: Pujols: 9.2, Halladay: 6.8
        2008: Pujols: 9.6, Halladay: 6.5
        2007:Pujols: 8.3 Halladay: 3.5
        Ect, ect, ect, ect

        Yes, Halladay has been more valuable so far this year. Pujols was also off to a historically awful start that he appears to be recovered from, so that gap will probably get a lot closer. Halladay is undeniably great, Pujols have proven himself to be the best player in baseball over and over again.

        Also, Jose Bautista is more valuable at the moment.

  5. spudchukar - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Craig, it improves the Card’s overall defense. Particularly against lefties. It allows Berkman to move to 1B, and gives us a place to play Craig. Having said that, tonight’s lineup is strange indeed. They must feel, and I would bet the stats back me up that Haap isn’t that effective vs. southpaw hitters. He does have an over the top delivery, and a good change, which usually indicates he would tend to be better against righties, and not as dominant against lefties. Plus Lynn is a flyball pitcher, different than most Cards’ hurlers, so ground balls should be scarce. This is the live-for-another-day line-up, resting Molina et al, giving Lynn a receiver he is accustomed to in AAA, and giving ABs for a variety of bench players. Once I was critical of not maximizing one’s chances in every game, but LaRussa is saving ammo for the upcoming Brewer series, and he is beginning to convince me it is prudent.

    • baccards - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:44 PM

      A typical LaRussa approach – get experience now, for you will need it later – gone are the days of trotting out the same 8 daily

  6. CliffC - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Dude said Pujols for Vance Worley. Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha, bahahahahahahahahahha, bahahahahahaha.

  7. derpdederpdederp - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    youkilis for pujols, let ortiz walk once fielder is signed (its still dreaming even though its possible because money does grow on tress for the red sox)

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Ride him hard and send him to Chicago wet, like an abused saddle…

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