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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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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

no chance for the Marlins to win a Series Brian8ball??!!  lol ...they have 2 in their short existence


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:46 pm
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Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

I see Albert going to Miami and slowing fading to mediocrity over 10 years. Reasons to stay in StL... 1)  he will continue to be adored by the fans and his legacy as one of greatest will be solidified - he can do no wrong in StL. 2) At least for a few years, continuing in a line-up something like Craig, Freese, Pujols, Holliday, Berkman, Molina, Jay - scary. 3) The front office in StL knows the business of baseball - 3 trips to the Series and 2 Championships in 8 years. 4) the chance to keep beating the Cubs- priceless.




Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Pujols has been absolutely outstanding as a player and a citizen during his time in St. Louis. As a Cardinal fan I would hate to see him go but he has earned the right move on if he so wishes. It won't be the same but life will go on.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Pujols can do what he wants, it will be interesting to see if spending 330 million on 3 players gets the marlins to the playoffs, can keep Josh Johnson healthy and can get some people to care about that team. I'd guess no on all 3 but they will be interesting, and considering they have been on the wrong side of so many salary dumps, it's hard to not feel ok about it even as a mets fan. What goes around comes around, but it doesn't guarantee any championships. History shows it doesn't work out.



Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

You obviously are not in charge of the check book and for good reason! Re-read your points and try to compare them to something you might purchase and then think about spending YOUR money on it and then you might understand why the offer is what it is.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

I'm a St Louis Fan since I was a Kid but live in Miami  I can say without any doubt to Pujols YOU will love Miami Period..and to all you that say we can't afford him wait til you discover who's coming to THE Miami Marlins Yes we can.  I love it!



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

We've been waiting a long time to get the new stadium it is located where the Orange Bowl use to be in a mostly hispanic community and They love baseball I think it's a Great Location and the New Stadium is unlike any you've seen before as you leave the Miami Airport you'll see it. Awesome but the best news is the Owner is spending Money as we all hoped he would Consider us now A Major Baseball Team in a Major City THE MIAMI MARLINS like it use to be in the begining we're stoked to get started....



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

From BASEBALL HEAVEN in St Lou to AN EXPANSION TEAM IN FLA?  CMON MAN! I dont see it!
On another baseball note...
Bud Selig just announced that MLB will be run like the BCS starting this season.  That being the case Selig has decided today
that the Yankees and Mets will play in next season's World Series. (sound familiar)  That decision was based partly on the fact that 
New York City would generate the most money because of it s fan base and population.  (see New Orleans and LSU)

It know, it doesnt make any sense for MLB to have the BCS system either!  

GO STL! 



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Why would Albert want to go to Miami? Oh, I don't know. Trade the muddy banks of the Mississippi River for the beautiful beaches of the Miami Coast. A short boat ride to the Dominican republic whicj is where he's from. A huge Latino population. His wife happier in Miami than St. Louis. The ability to raise even more money for his charity, something that is very important to him. St. Louis is a GREAT town. I am from the area and a Cardinal fan for life (50+ years) but honestly if your not originally from there it isn't exactly paradise. I REALLY do not think this is about the money. He''ll get that anywhere. But what about quality of life for his wife and kids? If the family wants to live in Miami who are we to say he owes us anything? From a baseball stand point my question for 'The Machine' would be, "If you go to Miami, you may never see another pitch to hit for the next ten years...???


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