According to a USA Today report filed moments ago, there is a THIRD team in on Albert Pujols.
That club doesn't want to be indentified, apparently. But, based on other reports that I have read over the last 24 hours, I suspect it might be the Blue Jays. The Cubs apparently made what is considered to be a non-competitive offer and, of course, the Rangers are a team to worry about.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Pujols is very torn over his options. While the Marlins have been hotly pursuing him and pushing for a decision tonight, Nightengale thinks Pujols is reluctant to leave St. Louis where he is an icon.
The most difficult quandary for Pujols is not necessarily the money involved, but the comfort level. He has spent his entire 10-year career in St. Louis where he has achieved iconic status, winning three MVP awards while leading the Cardinals to two World Series championships.
"I think the two biggest factors are comfort level and pressure,'' said veteran agent Barry Axelrod, who represented Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, who spent their entire careers with the Houston Astros.
"You're talking about leaving your comfort level. You have to find a new grocery store, dry cleaners, the clubhouse guy is different, everything is differnet. You really don't know what you're going to get yourself into.
"And the other factor is pressure. When I had (former Cy Young winner) Rick Sutcliffe, we had a chance to leave the Cubs and go to Atlanta or San Diego for more money. He said, "If I go 15-10 somewhere else, they'll probably boo me. If I go 15-10 in Chicago, they may elect me mayor.
"If Albert stays, he can be a king or emperor of St. Louis. That's not going to be the case anywhere else.''