An insider for the Chicago Cubs has revealed that the team has reached out to the agent for Albert Pujols in an attempt to sign the free agent.
Pujols, a nine-time MVP is currently being sought by the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins after he became a free-agent in October.
Cubs management have been busy during the off-season, they are also said to be speaking with Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder after hiring former Brewers coach Dale Sveum as their new manager last week.
With the free agent market remaining relatively thin Fielder and Pujols are two of the biggest names currently available and the Cubs could pull of an amazing off-season feat if they can sign both men to contracts.
Also potentially vying for the rights to sign both players are the Texas Rangers although club president Nolan Ryan recently said the Rangers would most likely stick with first baseman Mitch Moreland. Ryan told reporters:
“Making a seven-or-eight year deal for Fielder or Pujols is not something our organization is prepared to do. I very much expect Mitch Moreland to be our first baseman next year.”
In the meantime Pujols is set to turn 32-years-old in January and had to rebound from a midseason wrist injury this past season, hitting .299 with 37 homers and 99 RBIs.
One decision that could weigh heavily on the all-stars decision is the loss of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa this season, a replacement that insiders say weighted heavily on Pujols who had a great relationship with La Russa.
Do you think the Chicago Cubs have a chance at landing Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder.