JUPITER, Fla. -- So if this is the first step in an eventual divorce between Albert Pujols and the Cardinals, how will St. Louis be viewed? In the view of Bill DeWitt Jr., chairman of the board in St. Louis, it'll still come down to the bottom line: Wins and losses, baby.
"I think we'll be judged on how the organization performs without Albert if he goes to another club," DeWitt said. "We're committed to winning, and we're committed to spending the resources to win. That's what the Cardinals are all about.
"If he chooses to go elsewhere, that's a part of the business we're in. The players are mobile in this generation. If he doesn't stay with the Cardinals, and we hope he does, we'll be committed to winning the division like we have been for the last 15 years [since DeWitt led a group of investors who purchased the club from the Busch family in 1995)."