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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: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:26 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

It would only be the best thing that could happen to the cardinals. Pujols needs to leave so this team can move forward. He has comp;ained since 06 that he would stay if the put a contender around him. World Champs >>>>> think they have one and now don't need him. Don't get me wrong better with but at what cost. Yadie will be a free agent, so will Wainno and a few others in the next 3 to 4 years can you resign them with Pujols?

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:07 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

I think goplen5 may be onto what's really going on.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:55 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Adrian....are you new to sports? lol...cmon fella....players nowadays don't have that much loyalty to franchises like they did 20 years ago.  Nowadays, it's all about the money.

And honestly, if Pujols didn't care about the money like u seem to think, wouldn't he have signed last year? 

Pujols is going to take the best offer on the table..simple as that.  Doesn't matter which team puts it out there.  And any ties will go to St Louis, obviously

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:50 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Pujols will never sign with the Marlins! He plays for one of the best baseballs towns in america and thats the 2011 World Series Champions the ST> LOUIS CARDINALS!! He isn't going anywhere and he will be a cardinal for life! He is just trying to drive up the price for his services and yes Pujols has been under paid for years and yes we need to step up and pay the man his money!!!! GO CARDS!!!

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:39 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

I've gotta say that I kinda like the idea of Pujols going to Miami. I think that secretly St. Louis wants to be outbid, since they don't want to pay that much for that long, and then they could say "We tried." The Cardinals won their World Series, and now can have a couple of years to develop some young guys rather than paying him 30 Million. It would hurt for St. Louis to lose him for the next couple of years, but it would get better for them over the life of the contract. As for Miami's side of it, they need the fan support now, and he would help them big time. Especially if they got Pujols and Reyes. That line-up would become one of the best in the NL, if not one of the best in baseball. If you have Reyes, Hanley, Pujols, Stanton, and Morrison...that's a pretty dang good line-up. They have some good pitching if they can stay healthy too. I like him going to Miami with the Latino population in that area, and the Marlins could make a run at the NL East title. Especially since they could trade Gaby to someone else for pitching help.

Also, if I was Florida, why not go after the younger Fielder? You could offer a few less years, but he would give you the same amount of power and RBIs, and compliment the right-handed Stanton in that line-up. He will cost less, and is younger than Pujols.  

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:36 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Pujols won't leave the Cards.  Just as simple as that.  Even if he gets offered 4 or 5 mill less than the Marlins give him a year.  He won't want to go from World Series champion to a scrub in the East. Just won't happen.  His son is also autistic and when you change an autistic kids surroundings, they go wild and don't know what to do with themselves.  Surely he wouldn't stab his son and STL in the heart!

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:33 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Including Joe Montana on that list of "ungrateful" athletes is unfair. Joe didn't decide to go to the Chiefs. He was told that the 49ers were committed to Steve Young, that they couldn't afford to bring him back and that they thought it would be best if he retired.

Montana still wanted to play, so he went to the Chiefs. 

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:18 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Haha ... you just referenced Mark Grace with names like Joe Montana (HOF), Karl Malone (HOF), and Albert Pujols (HOF) ... you must be a Cubs fan! 

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:10 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Just like Mark Grace and Cubs, er Diamondbacks. Just like Joe Montana and the 49ers, er Chiefs. Just like Karl Malone and the Jazz, er Lakers. There isn't any loyalty from pro athletes unless it involves money. Pay me or trade me. Pay me for what I have done in the past, now what I am worth in the future when my body breaks down. That's why I love individual sports. You have to earn your money.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:57 pm

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Why didn't he? Because money rules in sports today... there is no loyalty from anybody anywhere

Not true redwings. Look at Ryan Braun. And he's better than Pujols at this stage in their careers...

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