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Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 3:14 pm
Albert Pujols

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Marlins' offer to Albert Pujols is "believed" to be for nine years, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports. However, Brown doesn't have any firm numbers on the money involved, only speculating that it could be worth as much as $225 million. The Palm Beach Post reports the offer is worth less than $200 million.

If that is indeed the case, the Marlins' offer would be more than what the Cardinals have been believed to offer, a nine-year deal worth between $190- $210 million offered in spring training, and could make the bidding for the three-time MVP even more interesting.

Conventional wisdom has been that the Cardinals would win any tie in contract talks, but the Cardinals won't get any substantial "hometown discount." Jerry Crasnick of reports the Cardinals never offered more than $200 million, and being on the right side of that line could make a huge difference.

It could also be a bit of interesting timing that this higher offer is before the Cardinals are expected to meet with Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, this week, according to Crasnick. The Marlins would have to at least match the years the Cardinals are offering for Pujols, but it seems with offers out to Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, the Marlins are looking to spend beyond not just their means, but anyone's means outside the Yankees and Red Sox.

As great as Pujols is -- and make no mistake, he's one o the best players in baseball history -- he may mean more to the Cardinals than any other team, considering his stature in St. Louis and part of two World Series titles in the last decade. Pujols has never played for another organization and is an icon in baseball-mad St. Louis.

"I don't think we need to divorce ourselves from that," Mozeliak told Crasnick. "The fact is, he's an iconic player. He's been the face of this organization for a long time. To deny that or fail to recognize it, I just don't think you're looking at it through the proper set of lenses."

Those lenses could end up costing the Cardinals in the long run -- a nine-year deal means they'll be paying a 40-year-old Pujols quite a bit of money in the last year of the deal, 2020. The Cardinals, perhaps, can deal with that kind of salary for the other benefits, but can anyone else? The South Florida market is notoriously front-running and fickle, unless the new ballpark turns the Marlins into the Yankees, how much business sense does it make for Miami to tie themselves to an aging great, no matter how great?

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Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:32 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Again, wrong.  Don't blame it on the owners, if you don't like the skyrocketing contracts, blame the consumer (fans) that dictates the salary.  It is a consumer (fans) driven market.  Just like every businessman, they take what others are willing to pay, and decide how they spend it to produce a better product.  Everyone is worth what somebody is willing to pay for, including you.  So, yes, they are worth it, because somebody is willing to pay them for it, just like you are willing to work for the highest bidder also.  If you don't like it, boycott it.  Don't put any money into the beast that you sit on high and claim isn't worth it.

Bet you don't.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:32 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

you don't think it is ridiciculous for a player to go seeking for money only because he is not happy with 200 million? Have we not learned our lesson with the A-Rod contract? 
Danito, I never said that the amount of money was not ridiculous, 200 million is alot, but the fact is that the standards have been set with previous ridiculous contracts.  I mean if a guy like Jayson Werth is making 18 million a year, why shouldn't Pujols be paid more than the 22-23 million that they are offering?  Do you feel Pujols is only that much better than Werth?  It's not Pujols' fault that his market value is higher than 9 yr 200 million.  He's just asking for what he feels he deserves. Do I think any athlele deserves that much money?  Absolutely not. But the owners have apparently disagreed with me on that one, shelling out huge amounts even for just average players.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:00 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

I agree, most people would go for the money.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:58 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

It would be nice if the Orioles were in a position to sign Albert, but we all know the Orioles are not even going to be mediocre in the foreseeable future.

Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:52 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

All you people would go where the money was, I know I would! No state tax, new stadium and seems like he is willing to spend money.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:43 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Now let's get this thing done with Albert. Sign him and that is that or dont sign him and the 200 million saved go out and upgrade our Team. Enough talk ! Lets get another World Series. I wouldn't mine Rollins and Buehrle on the Cardinals Starting day line up if Albert wants more money. We would have a great Lineup with Hitters and Pitchers . Image WAINWRIGHT-CARPENTER-GARCIA-BUEHRLE

-LOSHE.Pretty good right? Plus Rollins glove and bat and speed. Berkman and Craig are interchangable at 1B and Outfield. MOTT as Closer. Well the more I write the more Im getting use to life without Pujols. One of the Greatest Cardinals ever might just have to go.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:13 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

He's gone for Fla, if that contract is TRUE. After all is said and done these guy's are too greedy. They surely don't care about Legacy with one team. ST. lous will be fine without him. If I win 300 mill in powerball he will be a PIRATE next year haha!

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:17 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

The best move for Albert Pujols would be to resign with St. Louis.  They have quality bats around him and
he's familiar with the park.  But if he ever wanted to make a run at a triple crown he should go to Texas.
That lineup would be sick.    Kinsler, Andrus, Hamilton, Pujols, M. Young, Beltre, Cruz, Napoli, Gentry

They might average 10 runs a game!!!! 

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:37 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

LOL ,Probable so.
Your right. 

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:29 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

I can't help but think if the Angels wouldn't have made one of the worst moves ever by trading for Vernon Wells and his outragiously over priced contract, that maybe they would be in the Pujols sweepstakes.  They would have a ton of trade bait for better pitching with Pujols on the team and we wouldn't have to watch Vernon Wells make 20 mil a year while hitting under .220.  The best CBSsports article this year was yesterday when one of the loser sports writers actually did a column on Vernon Wells excepting his 3yr - 63 million dollar option, instead of getting out to enter free agency.  That writer should be fired immediately, especially if his last name is Dumbrow.

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