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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,'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 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'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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:11 pm

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Instead of a salary cap, Major League Baseball implements a luxury tax, an arrangement in which teams whose total payroll exceeds a certain figure (determined annually) are taxed on the excess amount. The tax is paid to the league, which then puts the money into its industry-growth fund.

A team that goes over the luxury tax cap for the first time in a five-year period pays a penalty of 22.5% of the amount they were over the cap, second-time violators pay a 30% penalty, and teams that exceed the limit three or more times pay a 40% penalty. The cap limit for 2010 is $170 million, and the cap for 2011 is $178 million

Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:04 pm

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Just give up Florida Marlins...You guys cant afford Albert Pujols. You already spent all your money that you had to spend on Jose Reyes. And you guys are already -15 million over the cap.. If you do sign Albert Pujols to the type of contract you did with Jose Reyes. You will be -30 million over the cap. 

What cap? And they're the Miami Marlins now.

If they want Albert for 10 years, they can have him. And I've been a Cards fan for many years. Cards have offered 9, and even that's too many. If the contract is heavily front loaded, it might work, tho.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:02 pm

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

There isn't a salary cap in baseball.

And GoBlues!, I was frantically filling this out and building. I made a quick typo and have fixed it. Please accept my most sincere apology for such an egregious error.

- Matt

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:00 pm

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

What is the salary cap in MLB, anyway?

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:54 am

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

"That one year he didn't finish in the top 10, he finished ninth."  Look at the big brain on Matt Snyder. 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:52 am

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

I see the Marlins have become almost as dumb as the Heat.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:51 am
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