So much for rebuilding.
The Chicago Cubs have reportedly made a qualifying bid for the services of free agent St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who is fielding offers from several teams.
The St. Louis Dispatch confirmed Tuesday that the Cubs made an offer for Pujols, but the details of that offer are not known.
Cubs president Theo Epstein tried to deflect the report, but the newspaper was able to confirm the team offered money for Pujols.
The Cardinals are believed to be a frontrunner to retain Pujols, but ESPN is reporting that the Miami Marlins may have separated themselves from the pack by offering the slugger a 10-year contract that could be as high as $220 million, potentially with a no-trade clause.
Baseball executives are currently meeting in Dallas for the annual winter meetings.