Port St. Lucie (KMOV) - Cardinals manager Tony La Russa made his opinion clear when asked about rumors that Albert Pujols could be traded for Philadelphia Phillies' first baseman Ryan Howard.
La Russa, talking to the media on Tradition Field before his Cardinals took on the New York Mets, addressed ESPN's Buster Olney's article that suggested people inside the Phillies' organization tossed around the idea of trading Howard for Pujols.
La Russa didn't think the article was worth offering an opinion on. "The person who came up with that one should be tracked down and you’d say 'hmm. That credibility just took a big hit.’ It is ridiculous, actually. It is really not worth speculating on other than trying to figure out who started it."
"What [the front office] has said already without even a hesitation is our organization is going to plan on making Albert a player to start and finish his career here," the Cardinals skipper said. "...And Albert has said he wants to stay here. So why would anyone want to start speculating?"
When asked if he would discuss the issue with Pujols, La Russa said it would not be necessary unless he started to see something different in the perennial all-star.