Found October 20, 2011 on Baseball Musings:
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A rule of thumb that applies to building a team these days is not to spend money on free agents until the transaction can put the team into contention. So a 71 win team should not sign someone like Albert Pujols because he will not add enough wins to push the team into contention, and the club won’t be able to recoup the expense. It strikes me that there may be a unique exception to this rule this off-season. That exception would be the Royals. If the Royals could get Albert to agree to a five-year, $200 million contract, I believe it would help the club. First of all, the Royals are a very young club, with the lowest batting and pitching age in the American League in 2011. A Young club means low payroll, since many of their players are not in arbitration yet. That helps them afford Albert. Secondly, Albert would stay near his Missouri fan base. The Royals have a huge attendance potential, as they drew about 21,000 fans per game in 2011. Albert Pujols landing in Kansas City...
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