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The cupboard is now bare prospect-wise for the Cardinals, but there can be no doubt that this is a terrible move… for the Cubs. The Cardinals will now have a vastly improved lineup, and they instantly become the favorites in the Central if they weren’t already.

Will the Cubs respond? Probably not. It’s still likely the Cubs move for a bullpen arm, but beyond that, there simply isn’t a place to add a bat.

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  • Cardfan

    We have not only cleaned the cupboard, we have dry-walled over the hole where it stood. It is either a great move that will get us deep in the playoffs or a complete disaster if we are sitting at home in October.

    • Ace

      Maybe so – but right now, you’ve got to feel pretty damn good, no?

      • Cardfan

        I’m good with it. Probably more so that the FO stepped up and showed Albert that they were serious about winning. Maybe a stretch, but I think this deal ensures Pujols retires a Cardinal. That feels pretty damn good…

  • Lok

    Cardfan,

    I took it a completely different way. Isn’t Albert a free agent after next season? If they don’t win this year, I can see St. Louis dangling Albert at the trade deadline next year for prospects to “restock” the system (heck, he could even resign with St. Louis after that!) I’d hope the front office isn’t dumb enough to do that, but stranger things have happened.

    When I got the ESPN update text that said St. Louis acquired Matt, my shoulders dropped. I love my Cubbies, but talk about getting Albert some protection! Our only hope now is if Ramierez, Lee, Soriano (ugh), and Fukudome start clicking at the same time. The pitching seems to be coming around, but that offense.. =(

    • Cardfan

      I can see your view. If they were going to play that game, though, they would have kept either Duncan or Wallace around. Both are suited for 1B given their ineptitude in their assigned positions. Wallace is a beast at the plate and would be a virtual lock for that position two years from now if Pujols isn’t in StL.

      Aside from that, you can take some comfort in a half game deficit and the Cardinal pitching staff doing a 2008 replay in Philly tonight.

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