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.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.