The Marlins have dropped out of the race for Albert Pujols, according to Jon Heyman of MLB.com. He tweeted “With Marlins out, and Angels and Cubs believed not completely serious about Pujols, Cards in perfect position.”
As the purported contract offers continue to surface, baseball reporters on Twitter continue to try to keep the public up-to-date on the happenings at the MLB Winter Meetings.
Several reports indicated the Cardinals were meeting with Pujols’ agent again on Wednesday, but that report was later corrected saying they were not meeting. FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal says a source tells him the Cards have not met with Pujols today.
On Tuesday, Cardinals Cardinals GM John Mozeliak says the team has made Pujols an offer and the “ball is in his court.” The amount of the Red Bird’s offer to Albert has not been disclosed. The offer is in response to a deal the Marlins made. The Marlins offered the Cardinals free agent a ten year contract worth $200 million. The Chicago Cubs have also made an offer. The amount has not been disclosed either. The offer the Angels made is unknown.
While the contract saga continues, fans are reacting to the Pujols contract talks with mixed emotions. Some feel if it’s not about money, Pujols should just sign with St. Louis and retire a Cardinal. Others feel the negotiations have gone on long enough and Pujols should just leave.