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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

That's absurd.  I hope the Yankees don't get involved



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Becasue Florida is TOO DAMN HOT!

The two hottest months in Miami are August and July, with average temperatures of 89 and 88 degrees, respectively.  The two hottest months in St. Louis are July and August, with average temperatures of 89 and 88 degrees, respectively.  The two hottest months in the two cities are identical but flipped.  The weather discrepancies are on either end of the baseball season, and particularly on the front end, where it's a lot colder in St. Louis (read "better" baseball weather in Miami).  It's not the weather, it's the population makeup and baseball history that allow St. Louis to have better attendance.




Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years


The writer might want to include the Phillies with the Yankees and Red Sox among the teams that spend the most money. 



Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Offer him no deal to Albert Pujols,cause he could be the highest paid player in MLB history and the Marlins are making a big mistake.Surprised



Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Who wants to go play in front of five thousdand people? I'd rather stay in St. Loius. I know they have a new tax payer stadium but after the first year they will be abck to drawing 5k again. Why? Becasue Florida is TOO DAMN HOT!



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

SAY IT OUT LOUD..."pay a player TOP CHEDDAR (aka $25+ MILLION a year) at the rickety age of 36-40 years old"...now say it again if you are the business owner cutting that check...did that make sense???  if you are a healthy adult in sound mind, the answer would be 'no'.




Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

I would be inclined to agree with Knute; Pujols had one of his worst years (great for most, below average for him) in 2011. I know he had some problems with injuries, and also, anyone can occasionally have an off year. But to offer a long, in the neighborhood of 9-year, contract is really going out on a limb. All of his numbers in 2011 were below his career averages: Batting average off 29 points; HR off by 5; RBIs off by 27; hits off by 24; 2B hits off by 14; base on balls off by 30. In 2010 most of his averages were also off from career averages as well, though not by as much as this year. Don't get me wrong - Pujols is still a great player and would be a fantastic addition to any team. I'm just saying that a 9-year contract definitely carries a lot of risk. I really hope the Cards can work out something that will keep him in St Louis without "selling the farm."



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Another mindless lunatic!  I'd rather pay the extra for my enjoyment rather then paying the government for services I'll probably never use.  Face it, Miami is the place to be.  Even NY'ers and Beantowner are moving in.  Wake up from your dream and join the party, because you're going to start to see the same thing happening to great athletes in all sports in migrating to Miami where you have a large market, no state taxes, endless endorsement possibilities via the international diversity it provides all without the media pressure that players get when they land in NY, Boston, Chicago, or LA.   



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

echele112:  "You can find simple cost of living calculators online and if you're making 20 million a year in St. Louis, it's like making just under 17 million in Miami"  Only one problem with that logic.  You're assuming he's SPENDING $20M in St Louis.  If he's living within his means and only living on, say $5M (still a pretty extravagant lifestyle by most standards), the equivalent in Miami would be $4.25M.  So now that $750K difference in cost of living doesn't begin to make up for the tax difference of $1M.  Just sayin'



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Report: Marlins offer Pujols 9 years

Don't do it Albert. You'd look like an idiot in those butt-ugly uniforms the Marlins will be wearing in 2012 !



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