Report: Cubs Make Offer To Albert Pujols

While Albert Pujols reportedly mulls the reported offer he has reportedly been given by the Miami Marlins (enough "reportedly"s for you?), Joe Strauss reports that the Chicago Cubs have also made an offer to Pujols, through his agent Dan Lozano:

The Chicago Cubs also engaged Lozano in talks about Pujols Monday and are believed to have made a qualifying bid. Lozano declined Monday night to address any team’s status in talks.

Cubs president Theo Epstein attempted to deflect speculation about his team’s interest in Pujols by noting that Lozano also represents free agent pitcher Rodrigo Lopez, another Cubs target. However, the Post-Dispatch confirmed early this morning that the Cubs submitted a bid for their rival’s longtime offensive centerpiece.

Ironically, Rodrigo Lopez was responsible for a dramatic Cardinals win on June 5 in St. Louis when he gave up a 10th-inning walkoff home run to Pujols. Of the 18 homers Lopez allowed in 2011, three were hit by Pujols. Perhaps this is the Cubs’ way of saying, “If we can’t beat him, have him join us.”

The article quotes an unnamed baseball executive as saying the Marlins have a “50-50” chance of signing Pujols. No odds were given for the Cubs’ chances.

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