Also the Cardinals had very little interest in signing Albert and only would do so on terms he would never agree too. If you have all this money coming in on the TV contract carrot you don't let a guy who was going to shatter most all of Musial records go because you may have to eat a couple down years to end his career. You will make all that back in selling merch and tickets leading up to all his milestones and then make money off him once he's retired.
All those HOF players they bring around are old and by the time Albert is done and into the Hall most if not all will have passed on so who do you have ride around the track on opening day? If they were honestly in this for the long haul they don't let the next Stan Musial walk, and especially don't handle things as poorly in the negotiations as they did with Albert as they had years to get the deal done before he even hit the open market.