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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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Bob My Burrito
Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:29 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Miami is looking at 30,000 every game if they can also land Pujols. I believe that 12,000 extra fans for 81 games would bring in $20,000,000 in ticket sales. Those ugly orange jersey's with Pujols on the back are going to be flying off the shelves.




Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Miami is looking at 30,000 every game if they can also land Pujols. I believe that 12,000 extra fans for 81 games would bring in $20,000,000 in ticket sales. Those ugly orange jersey's with Pujols on the back are going to be flying off the shelves.




Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Lil Salty, your name is fitting. You sound mad as hell. Miami is a sorry ass sports town, but the city of Miami is one of only 5-6 international destinations the United States has. Aside from sports loyalty, south Florida is amazing. To call the city garbage is absurd. 



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

So the Cardinals should voluntarily pay Pujols too much and ruin their payroll in the last 4 years of his contract because of what he's done in the past?  Nobody held a gun to he and Lozano's head to accept the "below market" contract (8 yrs. - about $110 million) he just finished.  They don't owe him anything.  If he didn't want to sign that deal, he shouldn't have signed it.  10 years is madness!!  He's gonna start breaking down physically and the last 4 years of that contract will be an anchor to their payroll. 



Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

WoW, Pujols could afford all of that!<br />




Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

The Cards should look at the whole picture and be willing to overpay a bit on the back end of Pujols' career.  They should remember this:

He was the best player of the last decade -- three MVPs, nine All-Star Games, two Gold Gloves, two World Series championships.  He had one of the best and most consistent first 11 years in the history of baseball -- 9 times he finished in the top 5 in MVP voting.  Not once did he complain about or demand to renegotiate his contract, even though he has never had a top-15 salary and only once had a top 25 salary -- in 2006, when he ranked 17th.

Even if the Cards overpay a bit on the back end, the difference will pale in comparison to the under-market salary Pujols received without complaint for his entire career.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

He won't go because a.) they wont give him a no-trade clause, so he knows he will be traded in 1-2 years after they try and buy a world series and b.) I think he just likes STL too much.   He never struck me as a "more money" kinda guy.  I think he and his agent are just trying to force STL into putting more money into the deal.  Just good business on his end.

And why, why, why would a team offer a 31 year old player who is becoming more injury prone a 10 year deal?  Even without a no trade clause, they could never trade him away because no one would take on this stupid deal.  Rumor has the Cubs trying to get a more front loaded, shorter deal with Fielder.  This would be the kinda deal to throw Albert's way.  Sure, you would have $30mil or more locked into one player, but you would get him for the tail end of his peak years and not have to deal with his later years....i.e. like what the Yanks have with A-Rod.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

He wants to go to a team that is already paying $70 million for 6 players, even though they've never had a team salary of $70 million before.  They have a serious lack of pitching and when the stadium inevitably ends up half filled after the all star break, and they end up having a firesale, Pujols' contract will be the only immovable one.  It just doesn't make sense to me.  They'll have $90+ million locked up in 7 players, and that includes two starting pitchers, and one of them is terrible (Nolasco).


Also, he'll be wearing the ugliest logo in baseball. It's a lose, lose, situation.



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

You are just a hater.


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