Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts met with the media on Tuesday afternoon, and when he was asked about the team's willingness to offer a big contract to Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder, Ricketts said the decision would be up to Theo Epstein:
"Like I’ve always said, there is one person responsible for making those decisions, and one person accountable for those results," he said. "So if (Epstein) believes strongly that’s what’s in the best interests of the team, then he’s got my support."
A report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal earlier on Tuesday afternoon indicated that the club is taking a serious look at both power-hitting first basemen. And as Ricketts' comments indicate, Theo Epstein has the green light to make an offer if he decides that's what he wants to do.