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Cubs show Pujols they're not for him

Here's to hoping that the Cubs visit to Busch Stadium coincides with the end of the speculation that Albert Pujols will sign with Chicago if he hits the free agent market at the end of the season.

Not only have the Cubs demonstrated for the St. Louis slugger who said his main goal is to play for a team that has a chance to win every year that their pitching is thin, old and brittle, their offense is more impotent than a Nevada boxing commissioner and that their defense is setting a new standard for ineptitude... But, as the Wee Bears arrived Friday the Chicago Tribune printed a story that noted the Cubs are one of nine teams on Major League Baseball's bad list for having too much debt relative to income.

While the Cubs will shed quite a bit of payroll over the off-season if they let Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Pena and Kosuke Fukudome, this has to make you wonder if an obviously rebuilding Chicago team would be wise to drop the reported $300 million over 10 years asking price into Albert's lap.

Also on the list of clubs with too much debt to income are Baltimore, Detroit, Florida, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets, Philadelphia and Texas.