Did a breakdown of this explaining why extending Votto isn't in the Reds best interest, so I'll do it here.
Pujols WAR progression estimates show that the Cardinals are better off long term letting him go, even if he is a franchise icon that has left.
He is already into his decline, age 32 is the last year of your peak typically for hall of fame caliber players, they can last up to age 35-36 if they are really fortunate, but that's Hank Aaron, Stan Musial rare and I wouldn't bet against Pujols to have the ability to do that.
WAR and age season
32 - 6 WAR
33 - 5.5 WAR
34 - 5 WAR
35 - 4.5 WAR
36 - 3.5 WAR
37 - 3 WAR
38 - 2.5 WAR
39 - 2 WAR
40 - 1 WAR
41 - 0 WAR
And that's an average of 25 million bucks per season (let's assume that each season to make things easier)
That's 32 WAR at 250 million dollars. **** that!
You can hand Moz 25 million each season, and he can pick up any scrub in free agency and over 10 years get 32 WAR out of first base and he will only spend between 50-70 million bucks. That is 150-170 million to spend anywhere else on the team.
It's a no-brainer that the team is better off in the long run (plus two draft picks this year, including our first pick (19 overall)) With Votto there was a slightly better discussion.
This is a no-brainer, easy to decide that the team is far better off letting Pujols go if they intend to remain competitive for years to come
Btw, we are also happy that the Reds extended Votto, and will likely be overpaying Phillips as well. That's good news for us.
In order for Pujols to earn this contract, he will need to play another hall of fame career in these next ten years (literally 65 plus WAR). And he is very unlikely to do that.
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