Cubs official denies making offer to Albert Pujols

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Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported last night that the Cubs “are believed to have made a qualifying bid” for Albert Pujols.

However, this morning Carrie Muskat of MLB.com spoke to an unnamed Cubs official who “denied the reports.”

Muskat adds that she thinks a Cubs offer to Pujols “seems unlikely” because it “doesn’t fit into what Theo Epstein has said he wants to do in Chicago.”

Most of the speculation about Pujols and the Cubs seems to stem from Epstein meeting yesterday with the first baseman’s agent, Dan Lozano, but as Epstein coyly noted afterward Lozano represents numerous clients in addition to Pujols.

Addison Russell had an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stayed overnight in Denver after having an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the clubhouse at Coors Field after Sunday afternoon’s game. Russell spent a couple of hours at a hospital in Denver for observation on Sunday night.

Russell has a shellfish allergy and believes something he ate might have been mistakenly labeled as not having shrimp in it.

The Cubs took two of three games from the Rockies. After Monday’s day off, the Cubs open a brief two-game series in Cleveland for a rematch of the 2016 World Series. Russell flew with the team to Cleveland and believes he will be in good enough shape to play on Tuesday.

Russell, 24, has had a slow start to the season. He’s hitting .219/.324/.281 across 74 plate appearances.