Continued from page 1

Pujols‘ numbers in nearly every major offensive category are on a three-year decline, but he remains among the game’s elite players. He hit 37 home runs this year, running the 30-homer streak to 11 years, and batted .299 with 99 RBIs. He led the Cardinals’ improbable late-season surge and became only the third player to hit three home runs in a World Series game.

Loria said the meeting with Pujols went well.

“He’s terrific,” Loria said. “I can only tell you that he loved the stadium, he liked being here, he liked the flavor of Miami. We’re hopeful some of these deals will happen.”