At one point last night, it looked like Albert Pujols-to-the-Marlins was an inevitability. But now, less than 24 hours later, it looks like the Cardinals are now the favourites to land Pujols and he may have just been using the Marlins all along.Several reports from the Winter Meetings in Dallas are saying that Pujols is now likely to re-sign with the Cardinals. And Buster Olney of ESPN.com is reporting that Pujols is just trying to “extract every possible nickel” from the Marlins in order to up the offer from the Cardinals.
Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Marlins claim they have made their final offer to Pujols, and Andy Martino of the New York Daily News says the Marlins have now shifted their attention to the other big free agent first baseman, Prince Fielder.
And that sound you hear is thousands of Cardinals fans breathing a collective sigh of relief.