After last night, I think that Albert might really be gone. In order I'd rank the Nationals, Marlins, Angels, Cubs, White Sox, and Yankees as his most likely destination.
I'm coming to terms with that, and I'm becoming OK with it. Kinda think Albert is done hitting .330, and that whatever contract he signs is going to be an albatross in 4 or 5 years for someone. Perhaps I'm wrong about that, too. In any event, 11 years, 7 postseasons, 3 trips to the World Series, 2 championships....that's pretty awesome.
So what does STL do if they lose him? Well....I think they kick the tires on Raffy Furcal to see if he'll come back for $4-6m/year for 2 years. If not, they need a shortstop badly. They go into spring training with a solid bullpen--Sanchez, Lynn, Salas, Scrabble, Motte--and hey, guess who rejoins the starting rotation? Yep, Adam Wainwright will be back. That's a nice upgrade over Edwin Jackson, who's gone.