Albert Pujols is a free agent. He's available. He's available to anyone and everyone. Albert Pujols has a lifetime four-digit OPS, and in a down season last year - a season that had many wondering if Pujols had much left in the tank - his OPS was .906, and he followed that up with an amazing playoffs. You'd think, based on that knowledge, that Pujols would be the object of everybody's desire.
In truth, Pujols appears to have a very limited number of suitors. At least for the time being. And Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, has met or is meeting with all of them Monday. First, from Ken Rosenthal:
#Cubs met today with Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano. No word on nature of talks.
Next, from Clark Spencer:
#marlins just finished 30 minute meeting with pujols agent
And finally, from Jon Heyman:
Cardinals gm mozeliak confirms @joestrauss report he's talking to pujols agent today. Word is, cards have little room to move
The Chicago Cubs, the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. These are the three teams currently chasing after Pujols, or at least the three teams most aggressively chasing after Pujols. It's been reported that the Cardinals have already offered him nine years and about $200 million. The Marlins made a smaller offer before, but could and probably will come up with a bigger one. As for the Cubs, Danny Knobler hears that they might offer bigger money over fewer years.
So that's that. I wouldn't expect Pujols to settle real soon. And, yeah, the Marlins. The Marlins and Albert Pujols, even after signing Heath Bell and Jose Reyes. Did I mention that the Marlins are looking to sign C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle too? The Marlins are trying to do what people always accuse the Yankees of doing even though the Yankees never do this. This is the weirdest offseason.