Alright, it's official now.
Theo Epstein reached out to Albert Pujols' people Tuesday afternoon to express their interest in the slugger.
Allegedly. Always have to throw that in there with these rumor-type posts.
Right now, only the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins are among the teams that have publicly pursued Pujols.
Even if the Cubs do not truly aim to sign Pujols, by getting into the action, that drives up the price for the three-time MVP. A price most expect the Cardinals to wind up paying.
It's never a bad thing to force your biggest rival to pay millions more than they were originally hoping to do. Maybe that's all Theo and Co. are doing here. Or maybe there's some real interest because of the new spending cap on the amateur draft.
I wish I knew for sure one way or the other. But nobody knows for sure. Just Theo, Jed Hoyer and their inner circle.
If I could read minds, I could get to the bottom of this. I'll start working on that and get back to you.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.
Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:
The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason.
After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member:
Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization."
All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.