Even if the Cardinals fail to re-sign free agent superstar Albert Pujols it is unlikely that they'll pursue Phillies free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins, according to an ESPN report.
That rumor doesn't bother me because I would question the sanity of a team that doesn't know if it wants to make a long-term commitment to a 31 year old player and then turns around and signs a guy who is 33 to a lucrative deal.
Rollins is a dynamic player when he's healthy. But when, exactly, is that? He's well past his prime and probably not going to be better than Rafael Furcal.
But what really makes me angry is that the Cardinals seem ready to make good on predictions that if they don't re-sign Pujols -- and the way they are dragging their feet and playing games, I am starting to become relatively sure that they're going to blow it -- they're going to pocket the savings instead of investing the money in other players.
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Where would they spend it? They have already said that they don't want Prince Fielder or Rollins and Jose Reyes is off the board. The rotation is full of overpriced talent? Just like it 2007 if seems that the Cardinals are fully prepared to rest on their championship and coast for a couple of years while slashing the payroll.
Personally, I find it ridiculous for the Cardinals to stick to the premise that they can only afford to spend $110 million while they continue to draw 3.3 million fans a year. I'm not saying that they need to be in Yankees territory around $200 million. But the Cardinals can certainly afford $115-$120 million. And that little bump could make all the difference in the world. Instead of trying to put the best team they can on the field, however, they're content to ride the wave of euphoria from the shocking 2012 World Series win and pocket the profit as the team falls back in the standings.