Howard's salary ($19 million this year, $20 mil in 2011) is currently more than Pujols', but he'd likely be cheaper in the long run. There's also the fact that Howard is a St. Louis native (Lafayette High School). He's also a left-handed bat, which the Cardinals could certainly use.The logic for a Howard for Pujols swap, as discussed within the Phillies' organization, could fall along these lines: Pujols, 30 years old, is eligible for free agency after the 2011 season, and early conversations about a contract extension have not led to any long-term deal. The expectation within baseball is that Pujols may ask for a deal that would rival, in annual value, the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal that Alex Rodriguez negotiated with the Yankees in fall 2007.
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