Albert Pujols. (By Alex Brandon, AP)
St. Louis (KSDK) -- With all the speculation about Albert's value to a given team, what about his value to our region?
And if the worst should happen, and the slugger skips town for another team it could be more than just souvenir shops feeling the loss.
Recent studies by the RCGA put the economic impact of Cardinal baseball at more than $300 million a year for the St. Louis region -- with nearly half of those in the stands at Busch Stadium traveling and spending money from out of town.
So what would the loss of Pujols, mean for the economy?
"The Cardinals are so much apart of St. Louis, you know just the 'birds on the bat,' that it's hard to say what value any one player has to the team or to the region," says Frank Viverito with the St. Louis Sports Commission. "I think Cardinal baseball will survive better with him, but will survive with or without him," he says.
Forbes estimates the value of the St. Louis Cardinals at just under $490 million.
And for comparison, the New York Yankees are said to be worth $1.6 billion.