Cardinals don’t view Prince Fielder as fallback to Albert Pujols

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If the Cardinals’ effort to re-sign Albert Pujols fails they won’t pursue Prince Fielder as his replacement at first base, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Strauss writes that if Pujols leaves the Cardinals would replace him internally by shifting Lance Berkman to first base and making Allen Craig the everyday right fielder, which is certainly sensible given how well Craig played in a part-time role.

General manager John Mozeliak explained that attempting to re-sign Pujols and potentially pursuing Fielder are a “different set of circumstances.” In other words, the Cardinals don’t simply want an elite, power-hitting first baseman, they want their elite, power-hitting first baseman.