The Miami Marlins have already made the biggest splashes in baseball free agency, and word from baseball's Winter Meetings is that the Marlins hope to continue to make an impact as they revamp their roster. But slugger Albert Pujols won't be a part of the Miami overhaul, according to a series of tweets from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
Crasnick reports that he has been told by a source that Dan Lozano, the agent for Pujols, has "called the Marlins and told them they are out on Pujols." The report from Crasnick appears to corroborate an earlier rumor that Pujols and the Marlins were "a few million dollars apart."
There were multiple reports out of of the Winter Meetings that the Marlins had offered Pujols a 10-year deal; the amount of that deal was never disclosed, although it was believed to be in the vicinity of $220 million. However much the offer was for, it apparently wasn't enough to entice the first baseman to join Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle with the new-look Marlins.
Crasnick's report comes from Pujols' side of the story; a follow-up tweet from ESPN's Jayson Stark seems to make it clear that the Marlins agree. "Sources say Marlins have officially withdrawn offer to Pujols," Stark writes, adding, "Still in on CJ Wilson even after deal w Buehrle." With the Marlins out of the running, a return to the St. Louis Cardinals would seem to be the likeliest outcome for Pujols.