The Miami Marlins are out of the running for free-agent superstar Albert Pujols, according to the New York Daily News.
The Marlins believe that Pujols and the St. Cardinals are “a few million dollars apart” and are likely to re-sign their All-Star first baseman, a source has told the Daily News. The club, who have been among the most aggressive teams at the Winter Meetings this week, will likely turn their focus to free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder.
Miami broke negotiations for the three-time Most Valuable Player, Pujols, wide open yesterday afternoon when news broke that they had become the first to offer the slugger a contract with a duration of 10 years at a price of over $200 million. By late last night, it was reported that not only had the Cardinals at least matched the Marlins offer, another “mystery team” had entered the mix with their own $200 million deal.
Pujols, 31, is considered by many to be the top free-agent on the market this winter. The slugging first baseman hit .299/.366/.541 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI for the Cardinals last season.