What seemed yesterday like a foregone conclusion has now become a fleeting fantasy. St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is looking increasingly likely to re-sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, having successfully leveraged the Miami Marlins' reported 10-year offer worth over $200 million into a similar offer from St. Louis.
But the Marlins are not finished dealing at this week's MLB winter meetings in Dallas. The team is reportedly in hot pursuit of another first baseman: Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 7 seasons with the Brewers, Fielder hit .282 while slugging .540 with 230 home runs. He also has a keen batting eye, walking in 15.5 percent of his at bats last season. While Fielder may be a bit of a step down offensively from Pujols, he is still among the most fearsome hitters in baseball. On top of that, at 27 he is a full four years younger than Pujols and is unlikely to demand a 10-year deal.
Fielder could also come cheaper than Pujols, allowing the Marlins to p...