ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after scoring on a game-tying two-run triple by David Freese #23 in the ninth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 10-9 in 11 innings. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)2011 Getty Images
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The Miami Marlins offered free agent Albert Pujols a 10-year contract Tuesday, ESPN reported.
The report did not include the financial terms of the offer, which comes after the Marlins signed shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell over the past week and met twice Monday with Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano.
The suddenly free-spending Marlins, who are set to move to a new ballpark, and the St. Louis Cardinals have emerged as the clear frontrunners in the bidding for the three-time National League MVP.
If the Marlins add Pujols, the team will have committed $350-$400 million in salaries after Reyes' six-year, $106 million deal and Bell's three-year, $27 million contract.
Meanwhile, a Cubs official told MLB.com the team has not made an offer to Pujols, contrary to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Cubs have reportedly met with Lozano, but they claim the talks are more focused on another of Lozano's clients, pitcher Rodrigo Lopez.
Pujols, who will turn 32 next month, hit .299 last season with 37 homers and 99 RBIs while battling pain in his left elbow. He helped the Cardinals to their second World Series title since 2006.
According to the Post-Dispatch, Lozano sat down Monday at the Winter Meetings in Dallas with Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak. A second meeting was reportedly scheduled for Tuesday morning.
The Cardinals have not yet made an offer to replace their January bid of nine years for roughly $200 million, the Post-Dispatch reported.