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.