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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: 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.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:08 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

just can't imagine albert in one of those ridiculous new miami marlin uni's.
BUT.... there is no state income tax in FLA. 
he could save millions playing in that new, 2/3 empty stadium.

let's hope he does the right thing, and stays in STL. 
adoration, respect & loyalty are worth more than meer $.  aren't they ?  lol

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:59 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

what Im just not understanding is how anyone realistically expects people to go to baseball games in Miami.  Why is the team offering all this money to high priced latino players when their attendance has always been horrible?  Changing your name to the Miami Marlins and building a new stadium isnt gonna change much I dont think.  I dont even see why any teams are in Florida, and I really dont see how Puljos is a good investment, nor do I see why he would want to go from ateam with great fans to a team with horrible fan support just for a little extra money.

Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:08 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Wrong.  Blame the fans, they put the money into the system that eventually pays the salaries.  If you have a problem with it, do your part to bring the salaries down.  Don't buy the tickets, the jerseys, the hats, the keychains, the videos, the banners, etc.

Welcome to the free market system.  Every person is worth what others are willing to pay them, including a guy who's "only skill is hitting a baseball".  If it is a skill that someone is willing to pay $200M for, good for him.  Don't tell me you wouldn't accept $200M for whatever skill you have, even if it is as silly as "hitting a baseball".

And why in the world would you include lawyers on that list of difference makers? 

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:34 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Smoot you might be right that it was Pujols that got them into the playoffs. And you are correct that Pujols had a hand in getting those World Series Rings, but 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? The Cardinals orginazation & the fans should show some respect but Pujols need to also show some respect as well to his fans. When is it going to be about loyalty to your fans & the game. The money is already there. It might not be 210 Million but 190 - 200 Million should be more than enough.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:30 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Ditto. No Sports atlete is worth $200,000,000 for 9 years. He's not a Surgeon, scientist, engineer, lawyer or Doctor. His only skill is hitting a baseball. With today's poor economy, people losing their houses,  and unemployment at 10%, this is getting out of hand. Blame the Sport agents and the silly owners that agree to these ridiculous contracts.

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:28 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

And folks wonder why the sporting world is in thr financial trouble they are in. Well Miami fans, look forward to higher ticket prices on this one.  I just do not picture Miami as being a big market for baseball. This one could hurt for years to come if something were to happen to Pujols, not saying it will. It is just a huge gamble on one person if you have a small payroll.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:21 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Marlins fan over here. I would be upset myself to see the marlins spend so much money on just one player. Miami is the type of team that builds up. I really rather spend some money on that cuban star then to blow all up on just Albert Pujols.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:09 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Cardinals need to cut their losses if the guy won't accept $200 million. That's ridiculous.
That's an awful lot of money that could go elsewhere. Why pay a 40 year old $23 million?? You got the best years from him... move on.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:02 am

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Good luck on THAT "reasonable" negotiating chip!

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