Cox: Pujols worth $50 million

ST. LOUIS -- Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has an idea of how much St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols should get in his next contract: $50 million a year.

Cox saw that Philadelphia Phillies star Ryan Howard got a five-year extension worth $125 million.

So on Tuesday, before the Braves played at St. Louis, Cox offered his assessment. Cox says Pujols is twice as good as any player in the majors.

"We'll double [Pujols' salary], because he's twice as good as anybody else," Cox told reporters, according to the Belleville News Democrat. "It's his all-round ability to play the game. He's the best hitter in the game -- for me. And you're not going to find anybody that plays first base much better than he does or has better instincts of playing the game of baseball.

"It's a pretty good package."

Pujols is in the final year of a seven-year, $100 million contract with St. Louis. The Cardinals have a $16 million option on the three-time NL MVP for next season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.