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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: May 16, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:12 am

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

No, this situation is not totally similar to Toronto. The Jays have one of the richest ownership groups in baseball and have publicly stated that they could take their payroll into the top 5. Instead, they do nothing because a) their fans are too stupid to realize they don't care b) it gives them ammunition to constantly complain about the Yankees and Red Sox even though they could be spending as much money as them and c) no one wants to play for a terrible franchise that is one of only four teams not to have made the playoffs since 1994. Loria, on the other hand, has been pocketing revenue sharing money for years instead of spending it on the team. He is now going to cash in those checks and sign some of those players away from teams who have been sending him money! Poetic justice or something...

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:53 am

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

I'm sorry, I didn't realize this article was about the Jays. And at least if you were going to get on a soap-box about someone delivering false promises to people, pick someone who actually does that. Anthopoulos admits outright to the media that he leaves no rock unturned, so yes if there is a player available, he's at least making a phone call. That doesn't mean it's false promises, that's called doing your homework. 

As for the actual subject of the article, there's no way that the Marlins would pay all three of these guys, even if they all agreed to come. That's no slight on the Marlins organization, it would just be foolish to drop that kind of money in one foul swoop. I don't think even those three guys immediately make them a contender, although it would go a LONG way toward that.  

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:21 am

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

This appears to be a very similar program to "Toronto Blue Jay baseball".  The money is there.  But it never seems to get spent. 

Jays GM, Alex Anthopoulos, constantly announces to the media that he is talking to this agent and that in his never-ending quest to improve the team.  Still, in the final analysis of the vast majority of potential deals, he eventually announces that the club is no longer pursuing a particular player because
the Jays scouting and front office group have made the "impactful determination" that the deal does not represent "real baseball value".

And another one gets away.  Ho-hum.  So Jays fans will be treated to just another player-development year in 2012 and another fourth-place AL East finish.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:55 pm

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

Nice media splash! I've made offers to all of them as well! The question is, did he offer Pujols 10 years, $300 million? Did he offer Reyes 5 years, $100 million? Did he offer Buehrle 4 years, $64 million?
Well, then, he really didn't make them offers, did he?
Nice try! A one day story at best.
I really wish they would made the offer to Pujols and signed him. I think it would have really transformed baseball in Southern Florida.

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:42 pm

Loria confirms offers to Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle

Loria's a jerk; go buy some art.  Mr. Burns and his nephew Samson

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