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Cardinals let the unimaginable happen

No long-term extension for Albert Pujols means St. Louis now in a vulnerable spot

Originally Published: February 16, 2011
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- Even after the news conference Wednesday, even after they explained how they got to this unthinkable point, it's still hard to make sense of what the St. Louis Cardinals have allowed to happen here:

Albert Pujols is about to become a free agent?

How? Why? How could they possibly think this is a good idea?

"The bottom line is," an official of one team said Wednesday, "Albert Pujols is their team. Without him, they're an ordinary team. … And they can't replace ...

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