The drama at first base continues as the Cubs reportedly have made an offer to Albert Pujols though his agent Dan Lozano.
It was known yesterday that the too met but Epstein coyly said that the Cubs were talking about Rodrigo Lopez,
"You see [Pujols' agent] going into someone's room,it's not always that you're there to talk about the big Kahuna"
The Big Kahuna is, of course, Albert Pujols. Lopez could well have come up as the pitcher would probably like to return to the Cubs, but how do you not address the elephant in the room?
The question is, how serious is the bid? Did the Cubs make a competitive offer or are they trying to create competition for the Cardinals slugger? Or are they trying to gain leverage with Scott Boras, who represents the other big first baseman on the market, Prince Fielder.
Jon Heyman tweeted the following earlier this morning:
Cubs are eyeing fielder more than pujols. they've talked to pujols but won't do 9 or even 10 yrs for 31-yr-old.
Meanwhile, the Cubs indicated yesterday that Bryan LaHair would get an opportunity, but no promises were made. The thought is that if the Cubs don't get either Fielder or Pujols, then LaHair may be in line to start for the Cubs.
The idea of signing the soon to be 32 year old Albert Pujols to a long term contract makes Cubs fans both excited and nervous. We've been burned by signing players past their prime years in the past (see Alfonso Soriano), but Pujols has a skill set that is more likely to maintain value than Soriano was and maybe even the younger Prince Fielder. Despite being 4 years older, Pujols is a better hitter, a better defender, and a better base runner than Fielder is.
Fielder does have youth on his side and offers LH power, something the Cubs have seriously lacked for years.
My thought is that if the Cubs do, in fact, try to outbid teams for their services, it will be through a higher AAV but less years. Both would like to be the highest paid player in the game and perhaps they would take that tradeoff and sign for 5 years rather than 7-10 years.
Which do you think is the better fit? Give us your opinion in the comments section and/or vote on our new poll.
UPDATE: The Cubs are denying they've made an offer to Pujols.