The Phillies deny it, but you know they’ve pulled out the measuring rod to compare their Big Piece with King Albert. Everyone does.
In the craziest mainstream-media rumor since that time FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal told readers the Phillies would deal Cliff Lee to free up the funds for Roy Halladay, ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Phillies have had internal discussions about approaching St. Louis about a swap that would send Ryan Howard back to his hometown in exchange for league MVP Albert Pujols. Both are scheduled to become free agents after the 2011 season. Howard, 30, is two months older than King Albert. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury that the story was "absolutely ridiculous and irresponsible."
Beerleaguer: Ridiculous and irresponsible might be the best words to describe the Cardinals if they shortened the Pujols era by even one microsecond. He’s the most complete run producer in the game, hitting .327/.443/.658 in 2009, with equally strong numbers against righties and lefties. Compare that with Howard, who might have the better homer and RBI totals, but posted a impotent 98 OPS+ against lefties and can’t field the way Pujols can.
Pujols is the measuring rod with whom all others compare.