Marlins trying to buy up the best of the pond

By RONALD BLUM | December 6, 2011 | 8:21 PM EST

Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria walks through the lobby of the hotel hosting Major League Baseball's winter meetings in Dallas, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — Jeffrey Loria quickly marched down the hallway with his team president, trailed by their top aides, and hustled into a meeting room with a labor lawyer from Major League Baseball.

Having already made the biggest splash at the winter meetings, the Miami Marlins owner was trying to reel in Albert Pujols and perhaps other big-name free agents with the newfound riches from their new ballpark.

Baseball's new Big Fish were the talk of the winter meetings Tuesday, with teams wondering how close the Marlins were to an agreement with Pujols on a deal that could be worth $200 million or more over 10 years for the three-time NL MVP.

St. Louis says it submitted a new offer Tuesday to keep Pujols with the Cardinals.