Originally Posted by BigRedChief
Pujols' contract was only part of the payroll. Cut out Beltran and Carpenter's contracts in the 2011 offseason and you are at the same base payroll. Same payroll that they absorbed this year with the Molina and Craig extensions already done.
Furthermore, it assumes that it's an impossibility that the Cardinals would have bumped up their payroll to account for the other moves.
There is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat. Either way, **** him, it's over with.