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Agent tells Marlins they’re out, Albert Pujols “will not be going to Florida”

Dec 7, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

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By signing Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million deal the Marlins made it pretty clear that they were no longer holding out much hope of reeling in Albert Pujols, and sure enough Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pujols’ agent has informed Miami that they’re out of the running.

Or as Crasnick put it: “Albert Pujols will not be going to Florida.”

That obviously makes the Cardinals overwhelming favorites to re-sign Pujols, which has been the consensus coming from reporters at the winter meetings most of the day, but a source told Crasnick that Pujols “continues to negotiate with clubs other than the Cardinals.”

If the Cubs are one of those “clubs other than the Cardinals” team president Theo Epstein certainly isn’t leaving any hints, telling Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that there’s “nothing big we’re close to.”

UPDATE: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Marlins have officially withdrawn their offer to Pujols.

  1. cur68 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Anybody got their eye on Cashman?

    • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      Cashman isn’t going to do any deals where he has to give up his top prospects, just like last year (in which he still won the AL East). With the top prospects that much closer to the bigs, don’t expect him to give up any of those same guys that he wouldn’t trade last season. Just one reason why Bleacher Report has the Yankees farm system as the second-best overall (and Baseball America had them at #5 in 2011). The rich get richer.

      • randygnyc - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:45 PM

        The article is about Pujols. He’s a free agent. Signing him wouldn’t require any prospects because it doesn’t take a trade to get pujols, just money.

        That said, I hope my Yankees are concentrating on starting pitching.

  2. dwrek5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Heyman to report another mystery team in 5… 4… 3…

  3. marlinman15 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Darn, I thought the Rays were gonna get him.

  4. SmackSaw - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    I keep seeing stuff about the Angels. He’ll be able to DH.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Marlins ruined someone’s payroll. So sorry. And hey, Crasnick. Stop calling us Florida

    • paperlions - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:45 PM

      Unless you are on the payroll, stop saying “us”.

      • Old Gator - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:46 PM

        Fan’s prerogative, Paper. ’72 has bought into “Miami” (wherever that is – maybe some other-dimensional burgh that shares a chronosynclastic infundibulum with Macondo).

        And unless you are the noncom in charge of his platoon, stop telling him what to do as though you were.

      • spudchukar - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM

        Exactly.

  6. Old Gator - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Thank Buddha that that’s over. I guess the focus now is where it ought to be – on a rotation that can go head to head with the Feelies in the NLE – though you still have to give Halladay-Lee-Hamels the edge. I do think the Feesh can get close enough, though, in terms of wins logged by their rotation so that one or two improvements in the batting order could make for a very interesting divisional race.

    If they can still take a shot at Aramis Ramirez, they ought to try. And if Beltran can be had reasonably enough, he might add some depth to the disabled list.

  7. mashoaf - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    It will be interesting if no other team is really out there, if the Cards will drop there offer back down.

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