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Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: December 6, 2011 12:08 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- Could Albert Pujols seriously be taking his talents to South Beach? The Miami Marlins have grown optimistic on landing the superstar first baseman, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler has learned. Monday night, Scott Miller reported that the Marlins had increased their offer to Pujols. Knobler and Miller have learned the Marlins new offer to Pujols is for 10 years, but the dollars are not yet known.

Rumors have been flying like mad here at the Winter Meetings with Pujols. His agent, Dan Lozano, met with the Marlins, Cardinals and Cubs Monday. Of course, Cubs president Theo Epstein said he was meeting with Lozano in regards to pitcher Rodrigo Lopez, not Pujols -- feel free to believe him whatever you wish here.

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Some more: Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune says that this situation will be decided within "the next 36 hours" because the Cardinals need to know if they still have Pujols. On the other hand, a source indicated to CBSSports.com that this isn't necessarily the case. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Cubs have submitted an offer to Pujols, but MLB.com's Carrie Muskat said that isn't true. Derrick Gould of the Post-Dispatch reports the Cardinals don't believe they'll get a chance to match an offer, should Pujols get one from a different team he wants to accept.

Also, a 10-year deal is menacing. He's 31 years old, so that seems a bit much, but it more than shows how serious the Marlins are in landing the St. Louis star.

Pujols is the best player in baseball. He's been in the league for 11 seasons. He's won three MVPs and finished in the top five in voting 10 times. The one year he didn't finish in the top five, he finished ninth. He leads all active players in career batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, while having already accrued 445 home runs.

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Comments

Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Figures a Sox's fan said this.1st off they are not TRADING Hanley,and just like the SOX'S they will score runs but unless Reyes and Pujols can pitch they will not win anything.And their out feild is not so good either.But leave it to a UX'S fan to say a team is relevent in Dec,just like the Suk's were last December

I thought that was cute how you made all of those words sound like sox... pretty clever are you in the fifth grade? 



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

As a Marlins fan 10 years is too much IMO



Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

10 years is way too long for someone 31 years old. Any team that locks him up that long will regret it for the last 4 years of the deal



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Seriously!!  You believe that even a player of Albert's caliber is worth spending 40 mil per year? I bet he wishes you were in the room negotiating his deal on behalf of the Marlins.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

This would be a dumber deal than the Yankees  with their 3B.  Ten years?  Really??



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Not to bust the Phillies bubble however with the same pitchers mentioned above they folded quick in the playoffs to the Rangers a team on paper far inferior but hungrier. I guess you forgot the 2003 Marlins took a young team added a few veterans, (none the status of Albert) and beat the Yankees on paper a far superior team with world series experience yet much older players. Also you forget the Braves in the 1990s, Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz and they too had a tough time winning it all and clearly all three Hall of Fame Caliber starters and Maddux won the Cy Young like every single yr. LEts also not forge a big drop off on Ryan Howard. I think he is going downhill. The batting average has dropped dramatically, he got hurt. They can least afford to lose his bat. You figure those Philly starters will always handle the load. I have seen Lee get beat on some key games and Hamels a few yrs ago had a terrible season. I think Albert soured on the Cardinals ownership/management. Larussa was his guy. With a huge offer in Miami, a new stadium and clearly gigantic fan support that will follow. Remember this 97, 2003 this team won the series. How many did the Phils win in those years. The Cubs have a 100 year drought.



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

WOW LOOK OUT FOR THE MIAMI MARLINS!!!



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

PLENTY OF PEOPLE IN FLORIDA TO MOW THE LAWN FOR REYES
Real classy, brian8ball. Then again, going by the hapless Jets icon you're brandishing during the Mark Sanchez era, I guess I can understand the stereotypical bigotry toward Hispanics.

I can't see Pujols leaving St. Louis, but if the Cardinals aren't willing to match Miami's offer that'a show of disrespect right there. The real question will be if Miami trades Hanley to fill the starting pitching void if it's able to miraculously land Pujols.



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Brian8ball,

"Pretty quick judgement there. LeBron has had one season in Miami and he went to the Finals in it."

"And Lost."

Being a Jets fan, you should know all about trumped up expectations and failure, no?



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Miami has a huge Spanish population that is and will be attractive to Pujols!  The Marlins are obviosly spending money this offseason to attract more fans to their new stadium and new look team.  Reyes and Bell have already signed.  By signing Pujols they could trade Hanley Ramirez to bolster their team even more.  The Marlins are all in!  If they sign Pujols and trade Ramirez to fill other holes they will contend with Philly if not win the division outright.  It's great to see The Marlins relevant once again! 
1.   Miami has a very small Spanish population actually.   They have a very large Latino population.  Big difference.  One is European and one is South American and Islanders.  Someone like Ozzie Guillen will fit in here much better than Pujols.  Pujols would love this place because it is south Florida, with music, culture and amazing weather.  Donchu agree meng?

2.  Glad to see the Marlins spend some money.  I fear that they will learn quickly, however, that the move further south will hurt them in the long run.  They were previously situated between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  Most Fort Lauderdale people will not travel to Miami to see a game, especially in the neighborhood where they built the stadium.  I'll go for opening day and for Cubs games.  I used to go frequently becuase it was close and I could pick up $5 tix in the lot. 

3.  It is a bit premature to say the Marlins are relevant once again.  They weren't really relevant before, just put together some amazing runs and won it all in an impressive fashion, but no one really worried about them.   I am excited to see what they can do though, now that they are willing to spend some money. 


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