Pujols in short term
Dave van Dyck
Are we talking long- or short-term?
What makes Pujols so valuable are the things he does past the obvious. Yes, he hits home runs at key moments, hits for average and plays a decent first base (better than Fielder). But he also plays an entire game for a complete nine innings, doing little things that teammates notice and appreciate — like from going first to third on a single, stealing a base when least expected, legging out a double on bad legs. Fielder hits some real nice long fly balls and is usually a cooperative fellow, period.
Fielder perfect fit
Eduardo A. Encina
At first thought, I want to say Pujols. He's been the best player in the game, he's a three-time MVP, he has won two World Series and has boatloads of intangibles that make him a high-impact player.
But there already are signs that Pujols' game is starting to regress. And he just turned 32. And time seemingly takes its toll on the game's best players more dramatically.
Fielder, 27, is the perfect fit for the Tigers. Who cares if he can't field? Who cares if he makes the Tigers even slower? The combination of Fielder and Miguel Cabrera gives the Tigers the deadliest one-two punch in baseball.
And expect Fielder to capitalize.
Best ahead for Fielder
The Angels should consider themselves extremely fortunate if Albert Pujols is still making All-Star teams in the latter half of his 10-year deal. Pujols turned 32 this month and his statistics indicate he already is in decline.