A few weeks before the season ended, I was talking to Albert Pujols about a home -- palace might be a better description -- he was having built in the St. Louis area. He said he'd put a hold on the plans, partly because there was a lot more work involved than he and his wife have time for -- but also because he wants to see what direction the team takes in the next couple years.
After the firing of Jocketty and the possible departure of La Russa, Pujols isn't likely to be pleased with what he's going to see.
But then again, he may. Perhaps he's not fond of the recent moves that have been made.
I'm not going to hold anything against whoever the new guy is. Whoever they are deserves a chance. I'd be okay with Mozeliak, I think. Some of the other names mentioned sound good. The more I think about it, perhaps it's right that the current market doesn't work for Jocketty at our payroll. And if he has indeed caused division, or even if the owners caused it and he's not on board, then he has to go.
Unfortunately that leaves him only about 5 or 6 teams he can go to and spend money more freely and acquire those big names he's famous for. My concern in firing him is that the market may well change again in a year or two into one he's more comfortable with.