Wilbon: Cubs have to get Pujols

February, 18, 2011
2/18/11
12:34
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
ESPNChicago.com
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It's not often that the refrain "Wait 'til next year" actually means something of consequence for the Chicago Cubs, but it does now. Of course the Cubs should move heaven and earth to sign Albert Pujols, precisely because this could be their best chance to transform not only the team, but the brand. Please don't bother me with what might happen when Pujols reaches 40 or 41 years of age and whether he'll be overpaid by then. Don't bother me with predictions of gloom and doom when the alternative is stealing away your hated rival's best-ever player and putting him into your lineup in the prime of his life.

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Michael Wilbon is a featured columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com. He is the longtime co-host of "Pardon the Interruption" on ESPN and appears on the "NBA Sunday Countdown" pregame show on ABC, in addition to ESPN. You can follow him on Twitter: @RealMikeWilbon

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WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
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OTHER LEADERS
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