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Albert Pujols's Contract, Jim Edmonds's Contract

Yesterday Jim Edmonds signed a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, which basically led to an all-day party on Viva El Birdos. One needs only extrapolate from that to know just how crazy things will be when Albert Pujols's contract extension is finally, hopefully hammered out. The Albert Pujols Countdown will grind to a halt; confetti will fall from the top of the Gateway Arch all the way down to the Cubs Suck snow art; Mayor Slay will declare a holiday, at least for A.J. Pujols, who will be excused from ever having to go to school again. Things will be great.

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Maybe having Jim Edmonds around will remind Pujols of the good times he's had in St. Louis. Like in 2004, when the two of them combined to hit 88 home runs, 234 RBI, and combine for 17.8 wins above replacement, which is pretty awesome. (The most impressive part about that MV3 squad is that, according to Total Zone Rating, they combined for an astounding 5.4 wins above replacement on defense. There's nothing not to like about that.)

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So if you thought people at work were a little giddy yesterday—well, they were. Jim Edmonds was, pending a not-at-all-cinchy physical, back in St. Louis, and people love Jimmy Baseball. But if Albert Pujols's contract is finished before pitchers and catchers report in a little more than a week—don't expect to get any work done that day. Or the day after. It'll be a Roman festival, without quite so much decadence. 

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