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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: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

10 years at what?  20 mil a year?

That's my guess.

That's a lot of dinero.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Hilarious Monkey, great comment!  We in St. Louis are realistic...having just won #11, it would be sad but perfectly acceptable to move on to the next gen Cardinals.  It would be foolish to give anything beyond a 7-year deal for a declining player, and I would rather see the dollars used on 2 younger players.



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

People sure do hate success...and the Marlins have been just that, more successful over the past 20 years vs the majority of the MLB. Don't be jealous of the tax breaks and rings, maybe you should also move your lack of posting talents to South Beach.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

No player is worth the amount of money being discussed for Pujols.  I am glad to have seen his best days in a Cardinals uniform, but I would rather see him walk than have him bankrupt the team.  Miami is a short-fuse town and Loria is trying to do all he can to buy a year with this team, but the truth is nobody in Miami cares a fig about baseball until September, and even then only if they are in the playoffs.  The new stadium will be a draw - for a while, but it won't last. 

10 years @ $22+ million?  Let him go. 

Oh yeah, and Cards fans, chew on this: the reason there is not a signed ball of the 2011 WS Champs for sale this year is because Albert wanted too much money per ball to make it feasible.  The man is a great player and I would love to see him finish his career with the redbirds, but he's also greedy and his avarice will be his downfall.



Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

No state sales tax in Florida, and Albert wont even have to relocate for spring training as Marlins and Cardinals both train at Abacoa in Jupiter Fla. The sticking point here will be the no trade clause that Albert is demanding and which, to date, the Marlins have never offered to a player. St Louis has already folded its tent, and its my opinion that Albert isnt feeling the love from the Cardinals that he felt he deserved.  Its the Marlins for Albert in my opinion



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

What a sham the fire sale specialist Miami Marlins are.  Not so long ago they won a World Series and gutted the roster.  Hopefully Albert will remember that over the almighty $ sign, FL favorable taxes and being a Cardinal.  The fact MLB allows this horrible ownership group to go with an all or nothing strategy is disgusting, but hey success of 2 World Series titles over say what the Cubs do is the bottom line.  I for one hope Pujols stays in STL & the Miami Marlins suck.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

LMFAO. There is no salary cap in baseball and the Marlins have made it clear they are going to deal Ricky Nolasco to clear up 7 million which will be used elsewhere. Chris Volstad, Matt Dominguezz, and Logan Morrison are rumored to be going to Tampa Bay for Scott Shields. The talk is Gaby Sanchez could be moved to Left Field.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

I am die hard Cardinals fan...so let Pujols go. He has gotten more and more cocky over the years. Watching his home runs longer each time at the plate. He is slowing down and getting injury prone. I would rather see the Cardinals go after Carlos Pena. He would be alot cheaper and just as productive with the HR's and RBI's. Seems like players revive themselves in St. Louis. Don't go after Prince Fielder. That big body is going to break down soon, just like his old man did. When he turns 32 and doesn't lose weight and get back in shape, watch his numbers decline.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols agent is in Florida right now meeting with Jeffrey Loria and team officials. Pujols is reportedly scheduled to be coming down to Miami tomorrow for the Jose Reyes official announcement. Source: 560 WQAM and 720 The Ticket.

Something is definitely brewing. People are saying no way the Marlins can afford Pujols, but right now its looking legitimate that Pujols any day now will make a decision and probably is leaning toward Miami.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

I don't understand why anyone would want to go play for this second rate organization.  They have proven themself to be not the least bit interested in anything concerning the long haul which is exactly why there fan base is horrible.  Even if they do get Albert, they still won't win the National league.


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