Albert Pujols

Cabrera Wants to Play with Pujols?


Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

My first response to this report was a confounded “What the hell?” What does this mean? Miguel Cabrera wants to play with Albert Pujols? What alternate universe have I been sucked into?

I hope that in writing this that I’m not the first one to break the news to Arte Moreno. I don’t want to be responsible for any fits of joyous excitement that this cryptic message might cause. I hope that I am not held liable in an emotional distress lawsuit because this writing gig doesn’t pay and I really can’t afford it.

But seriously, can we talk about this for a minute?

Regardless of what Miggy wants, can the Angels even afford to consider this option? As great as it would be to see the top two vote getters in the 2016 AL MVP race in Angels uniforms, I don’t think Moreno or Dipoto should start drooling yet. They’ll still have Pujols and Josh Hamilton on payroll (and hopefully getting their money’s worth), and Mike Trout will have signed his $57gazillion contract by then, so unless Cabrera is willing to sign for like $2 million per year, I just don’t see how it’s possible. The Angels are worried about the payroll tax now; just imagine the bind they’ll be in in two years.

I’m sure Cabrera is aware of these things, at least in a vaguely general sense. Assuming that to be the case, it still leaves me wondering, “What the hell?” What exactly did he mean when he said he’d like to “play with Pujols”?

Maybe he meant having like a play date or something. You know, they get together at one of their houses and play a little catch or pepper or over-the-line. It could be really fun.

Or maybe he’s calling Pujols out to get his butt in gear so they can share a dressing room at next year’s All-Star Game. Pujols has been conspicuously absent from the Midsummer Classic the past two years, so…

Well, whatever Miggy meant by his recent tweet, it is certainly a fun possibility to think about. Imagine a line-up with Trout, Pujols, Hamilton, and Cabrera. They’d have to play Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide who gets to bat clean-up each day.

But then again, if Cabrera were actually to sign with the Angels, it would probably mean the virtual end of his career. And the Angels would have the highest payroll, most former MVP’s, and the worst record in baseball.

Don’t do it Arte.