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Red Sox dream of Pujols

Despite their win on national television Sunday night over the Yankees, the Red Sox remain mired in fourth place in the American League East with an aging roster that lacks star power.

A weekend story in the Boston Globe said the BoSox are eager to shed aging stars like David Ortiz, Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell (not to mention that they are still paying Julio Lugo $9 million this season) and to use their newly freed payroll to go after one of the soon to be free agent first basemen: Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder or Adrian Gonzalez.

Writer Nick Cafardo figures that, while Pujols might be the best option, he could also be the hardest to snag.

"It's hard to imagine that the Cardinals won't pay Pujols whatever he wants," Cafardo wrote. I hope he knows something we don't. I have a hard time viewing the Cardinals' foot dragging on re-signing Pujols as anything other than the clubs uncertainty that it is willing to make the financial commitment to keep him. After all, especially after the huge contract Ryan Howard just signed, waiting has done nothing but drive Pujols' price up millions of dollars.

Pujols' wife, Deidre, told Sports Plus on KSDK last night that their family loves playing in St. Louis and that Albert wants to finish his career here. But I'm starting to wonder if the Cardinals will ever step to the plate and get the job done.