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    Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    The Cubs are pursuing both Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, and not simply because the free-agent first basemen are difference-makers.

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    No, the Cubs also are acknowledging two emerging realities – a dwindling number of sluggers available in future free-agent markets, and the restrictions on spending in the amateur draft under baseball’s new collective-bargaining agreement.
    New Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have made it clear that they intend to rebuild the team. However, the Cubs are indeed showing interest in both Pujols and Fielder, major league sources say.
    Pujols, 31, is nearly 3½ years older than Fielder, but sources say the Cubs are more willing to go long-term with Pujols, who is the better defender according to advanced metrics. Some teams, concerned by Fielder’s body would prefer him on a shorter, high-dollar deal.
    By signing one of the two, the Cubs would ensure that they are set with a premier slugger as they try to return to prominence in the NL Central.
    The Dodgers’ recent signing of center fielder Matt Kemp to an eight-year, $160 million contract leaves Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton as the top free-agent hitter in next year’s class – and it’s possible that Hamilton, too, might never hit the open market.

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    Reds first baseman Joey Votto, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury are the top hitters eligible for free agency after the 2013 season. The Yankees are likely to retain Cano, and the Red Sox possess the resources to retain Ellsbury.
    Meanwhile, the Cubs’ goal of rebuilding through the draft took a hit in the new CBA, which will penalize teams that spend over set limits on amateurs. Clubs that exceed the limits will be subject to taxes and the loss of top picks.
    Chicago Cubs pursuing Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, according to a source - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN



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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    Sounds like the Cubs are simply pursuing these two to drive their prices up...



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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    I think the Cubs bid the Cards up on Pujols and sign Fielder. A big lefty run producer is a long term building block. Find a short term 3B and then concentrate on pitching.


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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    So, the Cubs are going to overpay for aging talent? I thought Jim Hendry was fired???



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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    aging yes they are but pujols would considerably increase the cubs offense for 4-5 while the young talent emerges out of des moines



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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    Don't worry, they will still continue to suck.



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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue52 View Post
    So, the Cubs are going to overpay for aging talent? I thought Jim Hendry was fired???
    I'm not convinced they want either, but if they want either, they can afford it. What they are doing, IMO, is making the Brewers and Cardinals have to pay more to keep either of these guys by bidding up their price. In the long run, if the Cardinals and the Brewers are paying more for these two, there is less money the can pay out to other players in the future, which will work to the Cubs advantage.



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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    R Cano would look good in the Cubs uniform.


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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    Quote Originally Posted by mschwartzkopf View Post
    aging yes they are but pujols would considerably increase the cubs offense for 4-5 while the young talent emerges out of des moines

    The problem is that Pujols doesn't want a 4-5 year contract - he wants 10 years.



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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    I have no doubt that Prince will be wearing anything other than a Brewers uniform next year. The market would have to drop considerably for him or he would have to all of a sudden realize that he really wants to play in Milwaukee for cheap for the Brewers to be able to afford him.



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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    R Cano would look good in the Cubs uniform.
    My head hurts thinking about what the Yankees are going to give him. Basically hand him a check and let him write an amount on it.

    Still, first base ranks about #3 on the Cubs' problems.
    1. Starting pitching
    2. Outfield
    3. First base.

    Pujols nor Fielder can assist in another 200 runs each year to make them better. They can however take the money a couple solid starters could command. The Cubs were right in the middle of the majors in hitting. They were in the bottom 1/4 in pitching. They don't get quality starts. Team ERA is bad. They took the title in walks allowed by forever over 2nd place, and their pitchers got hit hard. I fail to see how Pujols or Fielder fixes the above.



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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue52 View Post
    So, the Cubs are going to overpay for aging talent? I thought Jim Hendry was fired???
    Ditto


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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    I'd be surprised if they signed either of them. I think it's more likely they get into the bidding for Cuban CF Yoenis Cespedes and try to acquire some pitching. Also wouldn't be surprised if they possibly trade Marmol as his contract is loaded on the backend and teams are inquiring about him so he could save them over $7mil and $9mil the next 2 seasons while bringing back some decent talent.

    I'm not sold that Theo is going to break the bank this year. I think they are going to try and build a good foundation and depth in the minor league system and then fill in the gaps in another year.


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    Re: Cubs Pursuing Pujols, Fielder

    I think they are doing their due diligence and at a certain price both are excellent players. If you could get them at a value that you assign, it would be a good idea to bring them aboard. That said, you drive up the price, as mentioned before, and impact your conference rivals negatively on the ability to sign other players. Just smart business.


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