Various sources are reporting the Chicago Cubs have contacted free agent slugger Albert Pujols. The Cubs were 20 games below .500 in 2011 and would have a tough time reaching the playoffs in 2012, but the expected lack of hitting talent over the next few years may be playing a part in their pursuit of Pujols -- which should only increase the relative value of slugger.
Unfortunately for St. Louis Cardinals fans who wanted to see Albert Pujols back in red and white, this new bidder may just be pushing the price up:
The mere perception Cubs are after Pujols/Fielder helps the Cubs, to potentially drive up the price for division rivals. See Rivera,Mariano.
The Cardinals have previously made overtures towards Pujols, but with the market steadily increasing in size, the Cards may need to renew their offer with some bigger numbers if they hope to sign the 31-year-old slugger.
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