PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Albert Pujols for Ryan Howard? Let's just say the MVP sluggers don't plan to pack their bags anytime soon.
Talk of a megatrade kept baseball buzzing Monday following an ESPN report the Philadelphia Phillies were thinking about asking the St. Louis Cardinals if they'd like to swap star first basemen.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied his team had discussed a trade and used "lies" and "ridiculous" and "irresponsible" to describe the report, which ESPN based on unidentified sources.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he hasn't spoken to Pujols about the rumors and doesn't plan to unless the player brings it up.