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Marlins out on Pujols? Hardly

A report late Sunday by ESPN indicates that the Marlins' signing of Jose Reyes doesn't take the team out of the bidding for Albert Pujols.

It simply allows the Fish to scratch one thing off their to-do list. And now they will turn to Pujols as their top priority and "will make an aggressive offer."

The Marlins blew the market out of the water for Reyes, shooting up their offer to $106 million for six years while the Mets were unwilling to up the ante anywhere close to that neighborhood. Now could they do the same for Pujols?

According to ESPN Miami wants to meet with Albert on Monday or Tuesday to take the temperature of his interest and possibly up their offer. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are dragging their feet and seem unwilling to make a firm offer.

With Reyes off the board, the chips could start to move quickly at the winter meetings. The Cardinals, if they lost Pujols, are said to have interest in Phillies free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins. I'm all for upping the investment in the shortstop position. But Rollins is 33 years old and has struggled with injuries in recent years.