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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
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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.

Hot Stove Season
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: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:11 am
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Let Pujols go the  Cardinals should be on the phone with Boras ready to make a 10 yr. 250 mil. Offer for fielder.........as young as He is that at least makes better sense. Plus it would be a nice slap in AP's face after he signs with Florida. Then the icing on the cake would be when they trade him after three years of injury to an A.L. team and they put him as dh. The grass ain't always greener on the other side Pujols. Cardinals baseball will always be strong......people could stop paying attention to you by the end of the year.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:59 am
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Hater



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:30 am
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

I'm really pleased with how the Cardinals have handled the whole Albert situation.  I'd love to see him stay in St. Louis but not at the cost of the team not being competitive.  I'd be curious to know if the Cardinals were to pull out of the Albert negotiations if they'd have the money to sign Prince for a shorter period of time and less money and Buhrle?  With Shelby Miller being a year or so away I'd take a line up with Prince instead of Albert and a rotation of Wainright, Carpenter, Buhrle, Garcia, Miller, and Loshe. Cardinals could really use a big left handed bat in a lineup with Holiday and Freese.

I hope he makes a decision soon and not turn this into a Lebron fiasco.  My gut tells me the Cardinals are out!!  I don't think they'll committ the money and years he's looking for and frankly he does have to consider Lazano.  Lazano has the biggest name probably in sports as a client and if he doesn't get Albert a mega deal how will that bode for his abiltiy to entice future clients.  Let's be real like him or hate him Boras would get him 10/300 somehow. 




Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Hey everyone , just think . . . . .

If Albert goes to the Marlins He will have to wear one of those hideous uniforms. (  LOL )



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Ridiculous. Doesn't anyone remember A-Rod in Texas? Sure, Albert would have Reyes with him, but that doesn't leave much money for anyone else. With nobody to protect him in the line-up (where do you put Sanchez? Stanton protects Pujols with his .262 average?) they'll walk him even more and he'll see even fewer wins. If Pujols can honestly tell the difference between making $22M/year and $18M/year, he should go to the Marlins. If he wants to be on a sane, winning franchise with long term championship potential, he'll stay with the Cards. If he goes, Berkman fills in a 1B for a year or two and the Cards sign another OF, a SS, and a couple of SP with his salary.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

I agree, the Cards can still put up a good team without AP, as well as the Marlins why not get Buehrle and look into CJ Wilson. As a Sox Fan Buehrle has been one of the most consistant pitchers ive seen, although he is getting older therefore less valuable. 



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Let Pujols walk. Anything over 7 years and $200 million is just not good business. Spend the money to upgrade at short, second, right field, or a pitcher. So many better places to spend 200 million. You cant have a sustainable team when 3 players eat up 70% of your 100 million dollar payroll. I would love for him to stay, but not if it means a hamstrung payroll for 10 years. St. Louis is a dying city. You can't keep raising ticket prices to try and keep up with the rich teams. Sooner or later the bubble will break, and the city wont give 3.3 million at the turnstiles.





Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

for the people that are saying 10 years is too long, i agree....however the marlins are doing whatever it takes to get albert there. also If they win 1 or 2 championships in that span it will be well worth it, even if he is overpaid his final 3 years of the contract. IMO




Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

Ask yourself what you think the next 10 seasons of AP's career are going to look like...do you like the deal? How many homers do you think Albert hits at age 40, 41, 42?
A deal for 7 (*maybe 8) years might make sense, but the Cards will be out-bid by a team that has to make a splash...and will do so with a contract they will regret later on.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Marlins optimistic on signing Albert Pujols

And my bad on screwing up attempting to tag your post, i dont just sit on cbssports.com all day and criticize people like an immature grown man with out a life... As a white sux fan (i can do it too) im glad to see ozzie with a good team, just hope he does well. Win the divison or not they have some serious talent down in South Beach so im excited to watch them. 


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