So, the Cardinals have apparently done what they've tried to avoid up till now: mortgage the team's future on a single player.
The Post-Dispatch reports today that Bill DeWitt Jr. & Co. have offered Albert Pujols $220 million over 10 years. That offer seems to best the deal from the Florida Marlins that's closer to $200 million over 10 years. A third team -- not named -- has reportedly joined the bidding as well, offering Pujols a 10-year deal that would have him playing till age 41.
Last winter the Cardinals offered Pujols $198 million for nine years. That said, is the new offer really that much more of financial burden than the previous bid? Or is $220 million too much to pay any player whose best days are probably behind him?
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