Cardinals: Rumor is False
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A Cardinals spokesman has told KMOX Radio that a rumor started earlier Tuesday on another St. Louis radio station about Albert Pujols resigning with the Cardinals is “not accurate.”
The source said according to Cardinals GM John Mozeliak: “No deal is in place. Rumors to this point are not accurate.”
Less than a week after the Miami Marlins made the first reported offer to free agent Albert Pujols, the Cardinals had their first meeting with agent Dan Lozano. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Disaptch, chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak met with the agent on Tuesday night in Milwaukee where the MLB GM Meetings are taking place.
Pujols was maybe expected to join the talks at some point, but nothing in the report indicates that the three-time NL MVP was present. This does mark the first time that the two sides have met to discuss Pujols’ new deal since last Spring. The last offer from the Cardinals was reported to be a 9-year deal worth about $200 million.
The Marlins were reported to offer Pujols a 9-year deal that could be worth anywhere from $210-225 million. They made another lucrative offer, a 6-year/$90 million deal, to free agent shortstop Jose Reyes The Marlins, who are attempting a complete overhaul, only committed $57.2 million on the 2011 roster according to Baseball-Reference.com.
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