Tuesday meetings update: Pujols chatter abounds
It's been a slow-starting morning here at the winter meetings as the GMs were all in an MLB meeting this morning, thus preventing them from any further talks.
The Marlins pursuit of Albert Pujols has been the primary topic of conversation and speculation, with reports of an offer that exceeds $200-million over 10 years. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was in the lobby this morning and seem to be optimistic that something could happen.
The Cardinals are obviously trying to keep Pujols, and there is some chatter that the Cubs also made an offer but that has not been confirmed.
Not much at this point from the Rays, who as of last night were amogn several teams said to be negotiating for free-agent OF/DH Josh Willingham.
The Rays have been fielding considerable interest on their stable of starting pitchers, with the Reds, Marlins and Royals among the teams interested. There alsio has been more chatter in the ongoing storyline of the Nationals' long-stadnding interest in CF B.J. Upton.
The only deals announced thus far are two trades involving pitchers:
The Jays got reliever Sergio Santos from the White Sox, in return for RHP prospect Nestor Molina.
The Rockies got Kevin Slowey from the Twins for a player to be named.