Albert Pujols has a 9 year/210M offer on the table from the St. Louis Cardinals and a "hey fans look at us" offer from the Miami Marlins. Other than that he just hasn't been getting a whole lot of attention. Maybe it's the Cardinals offer that's scaring teams away. As we read yesterday, one source has already said, "There's a 100% chance he signs with St. Louis."
Well, according to both Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FoxSports, the Cubs are "pursuing" Albert Pujols. Of course, the extent of that pursuit is unknown. Is it a Miami Marlins kind of pursuit or is it a legit one? Are they doing this simply to make the Cardinals up the ante on their offer?
For what it's worth, Rosenthal gives the following reason..
...Sources say the Cubs are more willing to go long-term with Pujols, who is the better defender according to advanced metrics.
I'm sure Epstein's advanced metrics also tell him how his performance should start to decline over a 9 year contract too, so I'm not sure that answer is satisfactory to me.
There's no way the Cubs are going to go 9 years. The only way they beat this deal is go with a higher annual average salary. In his current offer from St. Louis, the yearly average comes out to $23.3. Could the Cubs offer a 4 or 5 year deal at $30M per season?
Even if they went to those tremendous heights, what's the appeal to Pujols? That would mean after the 4 years were up he'd have to pull in a $90M offer at age 35 (or $60M deal at age 36) to match the overall value of the Cardinals. That's not going to happen even for someone of Pujols' caliber. I suppose the lure could be to be the highest paid player in the game and perhaps to set a new standard for first baseman, but that's giving up a lot of money down the road for the sake of pride.
Call me skeptical on this for now. I believe these guys sources when they say the Cubs are pursuing Fielder. What I'm not sold on is the seriousness and intention of their pursuit.
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