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Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:31 pm
Jeffrey LoriaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

If Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has his way, he'll have some new names to put in the team's new uniforms.

After Friday's unveiling of their new uniforms, Loria confirmed that the Marlins have extended offers to free agents Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle.

"We're looking at everyone," Loria told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. "We want to make this team as special as we can and we would be foolish not to entertain the possibilities of some of these players. It's just one of those things that mean you're going forward. We've had our hands tied for a long time. With this new stadium we want to step into a new light."

Loria wouldn't give specifics, but said the Marlins are "being very aggressive."

Asked specifically about the meeting with Pujols on Friday, Loria said it went well.

"He's terrific. I can only tell you he loved the stadium," Loria said. "He liked being here. He loves the flavor of Miami as I do and everybody else here does. And we are hopeful that some of these deals will happen."

There have been reports that the Marlins could afford to sign all three free agents.

"There are absolutely no limits to try and see what can be done," Loria said.

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 3:17 pm

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

Also yeah actually we taxpayers do financially support Wal-Marts being built. Just a little FYI to those that don't know most of those lots require government funding for businesses to build on. We get taxed for that in our property taxes as well as certain products.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 3:15 pm

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

the Heat don't exactly draw large crowds themselves which was the big knock on them last year in the playoffs. The Marlins should draw about 20-25K per game realistically in Miami Dade.

Right now it is seeming more and more like Hanley is on his way out. All it takes is for Reyes to sign and he is done. Reyes + Pujols would guarantee him out since they plan to move Gaby Sanchez to third base.

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:56 pm

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

I am skeptical about people filling their new stadium too.  They have to make it a "scene" like the Heat for people to attend down there.  Just don't see it happening. 

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:05 pm

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

Wal Mart does get government help,  when they put in a new store and/or distribution center they go to those communiteis and ask for tax breaks to employ people in the area.  While this is not the same thing as "paying for the building", it is a form of local government funding private business for the good of all.  A succesful pro sports team is so important to an area for many reasons.  People don't travel to Miami for WalMart but many all over the region will come into town to catch a game, eat out, stay in a hotel, and probably take in some other local hot spot.  Cities that have lost sports teams quickly realize how short sighted they were and immediatley built new stadiums and replaced the team.  Cities have to be smart, and not allow teams to run over them,but it is just common sense to help fund a stadium.  The city of Arlington and Jerry Jones had the perfect balance and now both parties are thrilled with the results and Dallas missed a huge opportunity to bring in untold tax dollars.  Jerry was fair and agreed to fund any expenses over budget and the city was tied into stadium reciepts and paid off the bnonds early.  Win-win.  Having major sports teams makes a city a "player" and much more attractive to business's contemplating movig or expanding into an area.

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:52 am

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

This is such a valid point and something I have been saying for years.  Why do we the taxpayers have to fund these stadiums for these crooks.  We already pay their salaries by watching the sports whether on TV or at the stadiums and buying merchandise and such.  Do we pay Walmart to build a new store in a community, no they do it themselves.  If they didnt pay the players or themselves so much damn money then they wouldnt need us to finance these stadiums.  Dont get me wrong I love sports, and I dont begrudge the players making a decent living, but when we cant fund the real necesities of society (education, health care, emergency services) but we can build million dollar players and billion dollar owners a palace on the back of our sweat something is way off the mark.   I know the story, "but they generate tax dollars, create some jobs, etc etc", but they would still do put these stadiums up in the biggest markets if their hands were forced to do so. (to some owners credit it has been done by a few franchises)  If the federal government made a law the no further public funding could go to professional sports stadiums (from any level of government) then we could stop this insanity.  

Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 6:55 am

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

No one went to the games after two world championships, but because there is a roof on the stadium we are suppose to believe that they will average 35,000 a game and pay for these guys. Something does not add up...

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 3:45 am

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

A move to Miami just doesn't compute for me.  Phat Albert has made it clear he wants to be on a contender.  If he is going to leave StL, I would think the AL would make the most sense for him ... unless his 2011 drop in clutch stats reflects something he knows and we can only wonder.  I think he is back in StL for 2012 if the $200M/9 year contract offer stays on the table.  If so, Cardinals fans will be VERY excited about the Cards team next season.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:08 pm

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

Braves fan in Miami here. This offer frenzy is a charade. The Marlins are the most despised team in this area due to the thievery of the ownership group. The owners plead poverty for ten years that they needed a stadium and threatened to move. Nobody cared. Then the Marlins front office flat out lied to the city and county and SCAMMED a new stadium out our incompetent mayor and commissioners in what turned out to be one of the worst stadium deals in history. Now we are stuck with a 2.4 billion dollar debt over 40 years. Meanwhile, the county and city are laying off teachers, firefighters, police officers, closing parks and libraries. The citizens are pissed and this is a town that never supported them in the first place. Most people will go to see the stadium a few times, but soon afterward it will be the same empty seats. The offers to Pujols, Reyes and Buehrle are just smoke screens to look good to the fans. But the offers are probably not anywhere close to what it will take to get them signed.  

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:22 pm

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

Even after signing those three guys, they would probably be around 100 million under the Yankees in early payroll.
typo yearly payroll - not early payroll

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:21 pm

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

It says he made offers to three. It does not say that they were good offers. At best the Marlins probably end up with one of three and would not be surprised if they ended up with none of them. Marlins have some good young players and could use a veteran to help lead them. They could really use another starting pitcher. Hopefully Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez can stay healthy.

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