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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 ESPN.com 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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Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:00 am
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Good luck with THAT negotiating chip!



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

The Cards can't let Pujols hold them hostage for extra money, if he can't give the organization and the city some respect for the way they've treated him so far in his career then they should let him walk. He's a the pinnacle of his career and by now he should know what the Cards offer...a chance for titles, more money than he actually needs, and fans rabid enough to make him a permanent St. Louis icon. Can the Marlins offer that? No.




Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

I agree I wouldn't do it but AROD had to get off the juice. No surprise his production fell off.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

I love the game of baseball but no player is worth paying 200 million for



Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Is this another A-Rod deal.  Think about it.  A-Rod had 4-5 productive years with Yanks.  In their stupidity they extended one more time.  Never should have happened.  Now they have a 36 yr old burden to carry.  Cannot field his position, will be a 20 hr player and maybe 90 rbis and going down. 

This is not unique to him.  It is how it is.  Griffey as an example.  At 31 6 years is limit any GM should offer Pujois.  Cards will be lucky in long run if Marlins get him.  1st is not difficult to replace.  Yes they will miss hiss offense but suppose they get guy like Tex who is golden glove player, hits 40 hrs and 110 rbis.  Even if h hits 250.  How does it play out.  I think it will be fine.  Also willfree up funds for other free agents and more building of farm system. 

Let him go.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

We've given him two rings and great support over his career and no one is buying his stated age, so I'm all for looking him in the eye and saying, "hey, you want a third ring?" Seven year deal tops. Otherwise, time to move on.
"gave him two rings!!" LOL. What are you saying Pujols didn't have a hand in getting those World Series wins? Without Pujols the Cardinals wouldn't have even made the playoffs this year. I don't understand why I've seen so many Cardinals fans saying they don't want Pujols back unless its a short deal. You've been spoiled all these years getting to watch the best hitter of this generation perfecting his craft each and everyday. So there's a chance he drops off in the latter part of the deal.  But there's also a chance he continues to beast and goes down as the best hitter of all time, not just his generation.  I would say thats worth the risk.  



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

The Cards obviously don't have the payroll to buy up all the talent they want, which is why our manager is so critical. What I would like to hear, and haven't yet, is how much Pujols wants to be a Cardinal? We've given him two rings and great support over his career and no one is buying his stated age, so I'm all for looking him in the eye and saying, "hey, you want a third ring?" Seven year deal tops. Otherwise, time to move on.




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Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:16 pm
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Who's Ryan Braun? Does he play for the Brewers or Royals?



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

@teets3
when Ryan Braun has done what he's done for 11 straight years, then and only then, can you put him in the same sentence with Albert Pujols.


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