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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.

Hot Stove Season
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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Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

If I was in the room with the MM and in their position, I'd offer Albert 10 years $300 M, The first 2 years at $40 M each, years 3-5 at $35 M each, years 6-8 $25 M each and years 9 and 10 at $20 M each. With their New Income sources, they can afford to front load the contract and still make money, while they have a more affordable Trade prospect in the latter years of the deal. There would be no "no trade" offered in the deal. Would it be good for both parties?



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Miami has a huge Spanish population that is and will be  to Pujols!  The Marlins are obviosly spending  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  the division outright.  It's great to see The Marlins relevant once again! 
No offense, but I don't think having a spanish population is going to attract Pujols.  He has lived in the US since he was 15 years old, first NY and then in Missouri.  It is not as if the guy can't speak english, like some of these players.  He is going to go to the team who offers him the best contract and chance at winning.

And not to burst the Marlins bubble -- Whether you sign Pujols or not, you aren't winning your division as long as the Phillies have Halladay, Lee and Hamel in their rotation.  Isn't happening.

The Marlins could definitely be relevant if they add Pujols, but stuck in the same division as the Phillies will have them fighting for the wild card every year until that pitching staff on Philly either gets moved or retires. 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:12 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Love all these posters trashing the Marlins chances.  No outfield?  Really?  What team wouldn't jump to have Mike Stanton in their outfield?  Logan Morrison isn't a stud, but he's good, young and has a chance to get better.  Yea, Pujols and Reyes don't pitch but Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Vasquez are hardly chopped liver and now they've got Heath Bell behind them.  And as far as not seeing any pitches, I would imagine that with Reyes already on base in front of him and Hanley and/or Stanton on deck behind him, Albert will see plenty of fastballs.  Only downside I see is offering him a deal where he will be in his 40's at the end of the contract, with his stocky body I can easily see his production dropping as he enters his late 30's.  Right now look no further than the Yankees, who must love paying ARod 32 million a year for already diminishing returns.  Nonetheless, if they get a World Series or two out of the deal I imagine that Miami will be fine with overpaying him at the end of the contract.



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

I'm a huge Cardinals fan and wish Albert nothing but the best if he chooses to go to Miami.   I believe the Cardinals organization is one of the classiest organizations in all of baseball with a rich history of loyalty to all players who have played for them.  Their organization is full of former players some great and some very average.  If money is truly what he is after I have no ill feelings and still believe he'll be a premier player for the marlins but as an avid Cardinals fan who wants to see them compete year in and out I respect the organizations decision to place limits on a player even if it's Albert.  If our government showed the same fiscal restraint we wouldn't be in this mess today.

History proves the Cardinals will continue to build competivie teams capable of winning the World Series and they'll continue to do it without Albert.  I have nothing against the Marlins but there is absolutely no comparison between the two franchises.  Win and sell disassemble everythng because you really couldn't afford it, or continue to build and compete.  Your choice Albert!!!


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:41 pm
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Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:34 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! 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:23 pm
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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

JUST LIKE LEBRON COULD NOT BRING A RING TO MIAMI.


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


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:58 pm
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