12/6 Pujols to Cubs? Maybe, if willing to take fewer years
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the Cubs have made a “qualifying bid” for free agent slugger Albert Pujols. That doesn’t mean the Cubs are offering a 10-year package, but they may have dangled a five-year deal which would include a no-trade clause. A 10-year mega contract is not likely because that does not doesn’t fit into what Theo Epstein has said he wants to do in Chicago. Epstein did meet with Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano on Monday, although Epstein said those discussions were more about pitcher Rodrigo Lopez. The Post-Dispatch says it confirmed the Cubs did submit a bid for Pujols. A Cubs official denied the reports. Jon Heyman of MLB Network says the Cubs are eyeing Prince Fielder more than Pujols. However, Heyman also reported the Marlins are offering Pujols a 10-year contract. The Cardinals had offered Pujols an eight-year, $111 million deal.
— Carrie Muskat