By C. Trent Rosecrans
If Albert Pujols was using the Marlins as leverage with the Cardinals, it may just have ended up working -- as St. Louis has upped its offer to the three-time MVP, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller writes it appears Pujols is now being steered back toward the Cardinals, while the New York Daily News is reporting the Marlins are moving on from Pujols to Prince Fielder.
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The Cardinals new offer could be for as much as $220 million and as many as 10 years, Strauss writes. That's in the same ballpark as the Marlins' offer and would likely keep Pujols in St. Louis for the rest of his career.
As Miller noted on Tuesday, the Marlins wanted an answer from Pujols soon, so they could move on if they weren't Pujols' final choice. And now that appears it may be the case.
St. Louis had held firm in its offer of a nine-year deal for $195 million that the team had offered in February, but the Marlins and the an apparent "mystery team" may have pushed the Cardinals' hand. It has been assumed that if all money were equal, the Cardinals would hold the tiebreaker for Pujols' services.