Chicago Cubs: How To Fit Pujols, Fielder, Other Free Agents Into The 2012 Budget

February 18, 2011 by  

There's already been a bevy of articles on Bleacher Report talking about all the Pujols rumors, but most of these are just "it would be so great for the Cubs to get Pujols" rah-rah pieces.

I thought it might be interesting to break down the Cubs current 2012 salary commitments and what that means for how much money they'll have to spend to try and bring Pujols, Prince Fielder or any of the other big free agents out there.

A few caveats:

No. 1 I'm assuming the 2012 payroll will stay pretty close to 2011 - around $130 million

No. 2 I'm assuming the Cubs re-up Aramis at around the same annual price - $15 mil (honestly, there are ...

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