ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The Albert Pujols deal could be done on the third day of the Baseball Winter Meetings that have been going throughout most of the night. The newest information on this Wednesday morning is that the Cardinals have not only made a modification to their deal for Pujols, but have raised the amount of the offer to $220 million over 10 years according to multiple sources.
If accurate, that should be a mirror situation of what the free-spending Miami Marlins are offering the three-time MVP. Other franchises such as the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels have been thrown into the mix as interested buyers, but the Cardinals and Marlins appear to be the finalist based on the limited information that is coming out of Dallas.
There is one conflicting report coming from FOX reporter and FOXSports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal. He claims that the Cardinals and agent Dan Lozano have not met on Wednesday in Dallas. On top of that, Rosenthal tweet that the Cubs are still involved in the Pujols negotiations.
The Marlins were looking to get a decision out of Pujols by the end of Tuesday, but that deadline has come and gone. They would have liked to move on to other free agents available, the supposed reason behind setting a deadline, but the Miami franchise is very optimistic that they will be able to lure Pujols away from St. Louis.
The same attitude is coming out of Cardinals camp. ESPN Insider and Former MLB GM Jim Bowden reports not only are the Redbirds meeting with Dan Lozano on this Wednesday morning, but a deal could be done in a few hours.
Credit to the Cardinals plus the Dan Lozano group for releasing information when they feel it is necessary with all the media crawling around the Hilton Anatole. Even though front office management from the two franchises have been meeting all night, national and local media can only speculate for the most part.
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