Ozzie: Marlins “Dead Serious” About Contract Offers

Many people around the industry are skeptical about whether the Marlins are sincere about their intent to go all-in on free agents this offseason, says Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, manager Ozzie Guillen wants to assure any doubters that the Marlins are "dead serious" about making a splash.

“This is for real,” Guillen told Rosenthal. “I don’t think this is a marketing thing. This is what [the Marlins] want. They’re trying to improve as quickly as they can…. It’s not to show, ‘We’re trying, but we’re not going to do anything.’”

Rosenthal confirms yesterday's report that the Marlins offered Albert Pujols a nine-year contract. While he's not sure about the dollar amount, he hears it's "substantial." Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reported this afternoon that the total amount of the offer is under $200MM.

The Marlins have also extended formal offers to Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Ryan Madson, according to Rosenthal. Considering how many players the Marlins are pursuing, the team is prepared to increase its payroll significantly for 2012. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel (Twitter link), club president David Samson said today that he doesn't expect player salaries to exceed $100MM next season, but "you never know."

69 Responses to Ozzie: Marlins “Dead Serious” About Contract Offers Leave a Reply

  1. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    pretty sure that actually means ozzie threatened to kill each of them if they didn’t sign

  2. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    i don’t think it was a question as to whether or not they were serious. What was causing them to be serious is the real question. Ozzie’s mind games? Drugs?

  3. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    “Please believe me! Please believe me!”

    • chico65 4 years ago

      Right? Nothing like making an offer for less than what has already been widely reported as being on the table from other teams to show that you’re serious (e.g. Pujols).

  4. the_show 4 years ago

    Like Ozzie would know…What he doesn’t realize yet is he will have less influence over the Marlins front office than he did in Chicago…just a matter of time until he gets in a fight with the owner

  5. 55saveslives 4 years ago

    Dead serious about 9 yrs and UNDER 200 mill?  I hearby offer Pujols 10 year at 2 bucks a year to hit tball in my backyard.

    DEADLY Serious!!

  6. The Marlins and their pursuit of free agents have officially become more annoying than the Yankees and Red Sox ever were… Bll Veeck couldn’t even dream this stuff up. Go away Miami.

    • wadecounty561 4 years ago

      You go away, we’re finally trying to make a splash and you go and compare us to the Yanks and BoSox? wow

  7. tigers22 4 years ago

    Because this approach obviously worked so well for that other Miami team… 

    • miamiroc 4 years ago

      ummmm…you do know that other Miami team was two games away from a championship right? I’m figuring that would be a markedly large improvement from last season’s record Einstein.

      • tigers22 4 years ago

        Whatever you have to do to tell yourself that was a good idea.  Good luck getting those 3, 4, 5, 6 championships those clowns predicted. 

        • miamiroc 4 years ago

          Hater! You know you’re a hater when you hate on a team on the comment board for a website that covers a completely different sport.

          • stl_cards16 4 years ago

             You know you have no argument when you use “hater” three times in a two line post.

          • miamiroc 4 years ago

            In case you weren’t able to read between the “haters”, my argument is that this isn’t a basketball forum. MLB trade rumors, remember?

          • NL_East_Rivalry 4 years ago

            so why are you asking people about the languages they speak? This isn’t LINGUAL Trade Rumors.

          • Backup_Slider 4 years ago

            Well, I hate your avatar. So, tigers22 isn’t the only hater in the house.

      • According to the Marlins, none of their fans speak English, how’d you learn so quickly. 

        • miamiroc 4 years ago

          Actually I speak English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Portuguese. How many languages do you speak?

          • chico65 4 years ago

            And here’s your medal…

          • miamiroc 4 years ago

            I don’t need a medal I’m just tired of people stereotyping Hispanics and people from Miami as uneducated or unable to speak English. That’s just ignorant.

          • baybombers 4 years ago

            i speak native american, japanese, german, french, and russian, but dont speak english. Who are you again?

    • wadecounty561 4 years ago

      bro how good are the Pistons? oh wait.
      2 away from a ring in their first year together, yeah definitely a failed project. scrap it boys, lets just go home.

  8. Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

    Who will they trade Gaby Sanchez to? The Cubs, Pirates, Indians and Dodgers might be interested.

    • Heck, why not just throw Sanchez and all the prospects in the organization into a trade with New York for Alex Rodriguez, and take on that payroll while they are at it, he can play Third Base and Hanley Ramirez can play Second. What’s another 25 million a season when they are already convinced that their new stadium and Spanish speaking infielders are going to draw 75,000 fans a night. Hey, lets just trade the Miami Dolphins to Los Angeles for for Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw? LA needs a football team right? Money must grow on Palm Trees in Miami.

    • OptimisticMarlinsFan 4 years ago

      The Brewers could possibly be interested if they lose Prince.

  9. Seems to me that the last time Ozzie managed a team that went “all in” it didn’t exactly work out the way it was envisioned… 

    • john12121212 4 years ago

      Ozzie is a clown! Unprofessional. What has he done lately other than please the media scums.

      • This Miami Manager job is just temporary, once Chavez finally kicks off in Venezuela, Ozzie will be the first to apply for that one.

  10. NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

    I say the most the Marlins end up with is Chen and Furcal. 

    • OptimisticMarlinsFan 4 years ago

      Where’s Furcal gonna play? Because I sure as hell don’t think he’s gonna play SS. So is he gonna play CF? 3B? I honestly would be fine with getting Chen, though.

  11. John LeClair 4 years ago

    “It’s not to show, ‘We’re trying, but we’re not going to do anything.’”

    Wait….am I the only person confused by that statement?

    • Tyler Jedrzejak 4 years ago

      i said the same thing!!!

    • OptimisticMarlinsFan 4 years ago

      What’s to be confused about? He’s saying that all this isn’t for show and that they aren’t just trying to create a buzz with no intention of acting on it. Makes sense to me.

      • chico65 4 years ago

        Hey man, take it easy on him. Dude had one too many hits to the noggin’.

    • rsanchez1 4 years ago

      If you read it in Ozzie’s voice, then yes.

      • OptimisticMarlinsFan 4 years ago

        hahaha or listened to Ozzie trying to say it in english 

  12. Everybody wants to be the first guy to sign a large contract with Miami so they can be traded to Milwaukee or Minnesota in 3 years. They remind me of some of those Mets teams that tried to create a championship out of free agents, and signed Mo Vaughn to play first base. Team chemistry is not really something they care about in Miami, Lets sign a 32 year old first baseman until he’s 41 (knowing we’ll trade him in a few years once we ‘establish’ a fan base) and then sign a flashy shortstop with bad legs to play the position of the guy who was our franchise player when we were still the Florida Marlins, and we’ll just move that guy to some other position, who cares what he thinks, we aren’t the Florida Marlins anymore, technically nobody was here first.

    • OptimisticMarlinsFan 4 years ago

      I have yet to understand why everyone is not liking giving Albert 8-10 years. I guess once you hit 35 you’re done no matter who you are, even if you’re one of the best players of all-time and you play the least stressful position on the field. Guess it makes perfect sense.

      • Because your just running up the cost we (STL) have to pay to keep him with all this hot air. Given that in the end, he’s the one that puts his name on the contract, but Miami is really annoying the heck out of everybody offering contracts to everybody from Jose Reyes to Sidney Crosby that nobody can take seriously, if everybody signed today, your payroll would be 200 million a season.

  13. I find it hilarious that the Marlins have to clarify that they are serious offers…

    • theguy17 4 years ago

      You couldn’t pay me enough to wear those new uniforms they have.  How can you take a team seriously with a logo like that?

      • rsanchez1 4 years ago

        You say that now, but I bet they can get you even for the league minimum.

  14. Serious offer is serious because Ozzie said so.

  15. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    Samson never knows. He always seems so blissfully unaware. What, I wasn’t supposed to say that on the radio?

    It boggles the mind how he’s managed to hold an executive position on a baseball team for so long, following Loria from Montreal to Miami. Maybe he has some dirt on Loria we don’t know about…

  16. OptimisticMarlinsFan 4 years ago

    Even if there is no intent of signing any of these players (which I think is false), their goal was achieved because they sure have created a huge buzz around the whole franchise these last few weeks and have really re-energized/energized an entire fanbase.

    • Its like “hope and change” all over again, and in the end, it will be the same old Florida Marlins in a different ballpark, they bought a World Series in 1997, but you can’t buy a fan base,

      • wadecounty561 4 years ago

        did we also “buy” one in 2003? you’re such a hater dude, hop off.

        • No, actually you didn’t buy one in 2003, you just traded away the future following 2003 because they didn’t want to spend any money back then, they just wanted to complain about a football stadium.

      • There were 12 teams in 2011 above $100 millions in payroll and the marlins have yet to eclipse the $61 million mark. so my questions is why doesn’t anyone else claim that the yankees, phillies, red sox, angels, white sox, cubs, mets, giants, twins, tigers, cardinals, dodgers were trying to buy a world series? and now that the new miami marlins try to spend, the money that they are now able to spend cause they dont have to rent anymore, its all because they are trying to buy another championship?!? give me a break.

  17. tacko 4 years ago

    Because if the Marlins weren’t serious, he be saying, “It’s all a sham! We’re just busting your balls!”

  18. On our news program this evening here in St. louis it has been reported that the marlins offer for pujols is 9 years and 225 million…now I usually always get my sports info here on mlbtraderumors but they report the offer is less than 200 million??? 

  19. Ok let me get this right.

    The Marlins have $50 million tied up for 2012 in the guaranteed contracts of 6 players.

    They have another 9 players that will make an estimated $36 million in arbitration if they are all signed.

    Pujols, Reyes and Madson or Buehrle will add another $45+ million to the payroll.

    Thats 18 players, so add another 7 players at league minimum or a total of $3 million.

    $50 million +
    $36 million +
    $45 million +
    $3 million =
    $133 million

    But the team is saying they wont go over $100 million in payroll?

    Something is a little Fishy with their claim that they are truly trying to make a big splash by signing these guys and its not just a marketing thing where they are ‘trying to show We’re trying, but we’re not going to do anything.”

    • OptimisticMarlinsFan 4 years ago

      They aren’t going to sign Pujols AND Reyes. It’s one or the other and their plans will change depending on which it is.

  20. Check this out from a yahoo column by Tim Brown:
    “The Miami Marlins aren’t messing around. Their standing offer to Albert Pujols is believed to be for nine years.  With a competitive average annual value (say $25 million), that’s $225  million, minimum, and that’s more than what the St. Louis Cardinals are  believed to have offered in the spring. Is it possible that two weeks  into November Pujols could already have what will be his best offer?”

    So according to this source, the Marlins are offering a lot more than 200 million, and a lot more than what the Cards are offering. So the message is clear to St.Louis, pay up or watch your star sign with someone else.

  21. Pujols in clean-up?

  22. Matt Moore 4 years ago

    They cant sign Reyes and Pujols! Hahaha people on here are soooo funnnnnyy…

  23. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    Highly doubt that the Marlins will sign both Reyes and Pujols, but that lineup does look nice. At this point, rather have Infante over Coghlan as my main guy but Coghlan would be a good utility player to plug in the outfield and 2B.

  24. Cheeseballs 4 years ago

    That’s silly

  25. Dylan 4 years ago

    Yeah, Pujols (the guy that hits 35-50 HRs every year)…yeah, that guy. Also, he could switch to 3rd after Stanton gets another year under his belt.

  26. Dylan 4 years ago

    “Highly doubt it happens tho.”

  27. BaseballLogic_Braves 4 years ago

    Pujols is a #3 hitter. He needs to at-bats.

  28. Dylan 4 years ago

    …and my comment had grounds for removing why? I posted a line up, lol.

  29. OptimisticMarlinsFan 4 years ago

    I doubt they give out the cash Wilson wants because he’s not worth it at all. Kubel? Why Kubel? I don’t see how he improves the current team. How do you think so? JW.

  30. Dylan 4 years ago

    The average difference in at bats between a 3 hitter and a 4 hitter is around 21. Factor in that he has another ood hitter in front of him to knock in and will be put in a couple more RBI situations, I think it would be beneficial to have him as a cleanup.

    Also, he has batted cleanup many times in his career, i think he’d be fine until Stanton is ready…if he is not already.

  31. BaseballLogic_Braves 4 years ago

    First off i’d like to say that I have poor grammar. Haha.

    I think he would be better of in the 3 hole though, with either Stanton or Hanley in cleanup. He is power, yes, but he is also average. It makes sense to have a guy like Stanton at cleanup who is going to hit more home runs than driving in runs AND hitting home runs like Pujols.

  32. Dylan 4 years ago

    Stanly has yet to hit more HRs than Albert, that’s why I said Pujols for a year then Stanton.

  33. BaseballLogic_Braves 4 years ago

    That’s not my point. Stanton is mainly power. Albert is a combo of power and contact. The number 3 hole is the spot for the best hitter. Cleanup is for the guy who’s specialty is to use his power to his team’s advantage. Pujols would be the better hitter, hence, he should be in the number 3 hole to have the chance of driving in runs in front of the cleanup guy, and also get on base for the cleanup man to hit in.

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