Meetings could get buzz going for Pujols, Prince
Time to get serious about powerful free agents is approaching
Unquestionably and quite predictably, the two players who have generated the most Hot Stove discussion in these weeks leading up to the Winter Meetings have been Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder.Of course, discussion and interest are two very different things, and Pujols and Fielder, given their position and price tags, haven't drawn nearly as much of the latter as they have the former. The markets for two of the game's most productive players have been soft, and that's a product of the unsurprising lack of interest shown by the Yankees and Red Sox, who have been known to drive up a price tag or two but are not currently in the market for a first baseman. So it is that the only known offers to either player are the roughly $200 million over nine years the Cardinals reportedly offered Pujols before Spring Training and a Marlins offer to Pujols that was for the same number of years but reportedly less money.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. MLB.com reporters Carrie Muskat and Greg Johns contributed. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.