When last we saw our heroes, the St. Louis Cardinals, the villainous Jeffrey Loria had left them dangling over a pit of "10-year, $200+ million" acid before snapping his fingers and disappearing with his smiley henchmen to the Marlins' undoubtedly garishly decorated Winter Meetings lair. However, the Marlins have refused to include a no-trade clause in their contract offer, which Pujols reportedly desires. The Post-Dispatch reports:
Pujols has let it be known that he is available to travel to Dallas and engage in the process if a deal is near or his presence required.
Lastly, Joel Sherman tweets this bit of intrigue:
#Marlins could push Pujols camp for quick answer because if they ever publicly pull out, Lozano would lose all leverage with #Cardinals
Mind the stove, friends, for it is piping hot.