This is why the St. Louis Cardinals can be the St. Louis Cardinals after letting Albert Pujols go, and why the Miami Marlins couldn't be the St. Louis Cardinals if they signed Pujols, Stan Musial, and Ozzie Smith all at once.
The Miami Marlins—last year's expected Albert Pujols specter—have just traded every member of their team to the Toronto Blue Jays. That's a joke, but it's not really a joke. Just kidding but seriously. According to this tweet from Jon Paul Morosi, current King of Twitter, it could be Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio. In exchange, predictably, for a bunch of people who don't make any money.
We're now confirming that the Marlins—specifically owner Jeffrey Loria, who now escapes any financial responsibility for the beautiful new stadium he used public money to build—are the worst. Just the worst ever. If you were wondering why Albert Pujols didn't sign with the Marlins, and why the Cardinals can afford to lose one of the best players ever without taking a public-relations hit—well, it's because we can trust the Cardinals.
Bill DeWitt isn't George Steinbrenner, but he's steady. If he doesn't want to take a risk on Albert Pujols, it was clear even before No. 5 left for Anaheim that he'd take a risk on Yadier Molina—and that he'd allow the baseball side of the operation latitude in which to build a competitive team in more than one season.