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Three scenarios for Albert Pujols

The rumor mill is already churning; here are three ways this could play out

Originally Published: January 19, 2011
By Matt Meyers | ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesIf Albert Pujols doesn't sign by the end of spring training, his situation will consume numerous 2011 headlines.

With the recent revelation that Albert Pujols will not negotiate a new contract during the season, the rumor mill is already turning with possible scenarios for the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman if he doesn't reach a new deal before spring training.

The three most likely scenarios to consider when analyzing the situation are fairly obvious: Either he re-signs with St. Louis, gets traded in July, or signs elsewhere next winter. When we break down these possibilities one by one it's easy to envision some pretty intriguing situations, such as Pujols ending up with the Cards' long-time divisional rivals, or peppering the Green Monster with line drives well into the next decade.