Having Albert Pujols off the schedule for at least 18 games a year does not make up for losing Prince Fielder behind Ryan Braun for 162, give or take.

Almost, though, considering how Pujols destroyed the Brewers in the NLCS and pretty much any other time that monster stared down one of their pitchers.

At least it's a major consolation prize for the Brewers, who still must do something to protect their National League MVP in the lineup.

Signing Aramis Ramirez won't compensate for losing Fielder, but it's about as close as the Brewers are going to come in making up for that hole blown in the middle of their order.

And close just might be enough now that Pujols is out of the division, as well as the league.