Marlins Offer Ten-Year Deal To Albert Pujols

The latest on free agent first baseman Albert Pujols, with the newest updates on top…

  • The Marlins' new offer to Pujols is for ten years, tweets MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
  • Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio tweets that the newest Marlins offer is the one Lozano needed to bring to the Cardinals in order to push St. Louis to up their own bid.
  • The Marlins met with Pujols twice on Monday night, writes Scott Miller of CBS Sports, and boosted their nine-year offer to Pujols in the process. No decision was imminent as midnight approached, according to Miller.
  • MLB.com's Joe Frisaro tweets that the Marlins are set to meet with Lozano on Tuesday as well.
  • ESPN.com's Jayson Stark talked to a source who described Pujols' meeting with the Marlins today as "very positive, very upbeat." The club hopes to meet with Pujols again tonight to determine one way or the other if the slugger is seriously considering the Fish.
  • The Cardinals view the Marlins as "a real threat" for Pujols, tweets Newsday's Ken Davidoff. Davidoff says the Cards will meet with Lozano tonight, while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Marlins may meet with Pujols' reps again tonight as well.
  • The meeting between Pujols' agent Dan Lozano and the Marlins lasted 30 minutes, tweets Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.  MLB.com's Joe Frisaro says the Marlins have strong interest in Pujols.
  • The Cubs met with Lozano today, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
  • The Cardinals have yet to modify their January proposal to Pujols, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  That was a nine-year offer worth about $22MM per year, so only eight years remain if the offer is still valid.  Strauss believes the offer included significant deferred money, as does the Marlins' current nine-year proposal.  The Cubs' interest in Pujols is viewed skeptically, while the Blue Jays are "believed a potential player."  The Marlins and Cardinals are expected to meet with Lozano today, writes Strauss.


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212 Comments on "Marlins Offer Ten-Year Deal To Albert Pujols"


Jessie Kreitman
3 years 8 months ago

I think he will take anything the cards throw at him

3 years 8 months ago

Then why didn’t he take their offer?

3 years 8 months ago

The players union encourages free agents to test free agency even if they intend to sign back with their team.  Keeps salaries going up.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

Agents encourage it too.  Why sign the first offer you get, if someone may offer more?  Even if you aren’t planning on leaving, your current team may up their offer to match it.

3 years 8 months ago

I agree, but that means that he isn’t just going to take whatever the cards throw at him.

3 years 8 months ago

boy,you are 100% right.and we the fan pay for it big time.that is the reason i do not go to any mlb games.

3 years 8 months ago

if that was the case he would of has signed by now

Sam Banks
3 years 8 months ago

In the world of no news at all to report…….

3 years 8 months ago

I like the hardball approach the Cards have taken so far in this situation. Yeah, they’re risking losing him, but it’ll take a team coughing up a bunch of cash to put them out.

3 years 8 months ago

If he was going to take anything the cards offered he would have taken their offer before spring training.  I think he is wanting the money.  I hope he stays in St. Louis as long as they don’t overpay him to the point they can not compete.

Dave
3 years 8 months ago

You can’t really blame a guy for wanting to see how high the offers can go so you don’t settle for less than you’re worth.   

I think at this point though, he has to be disappointed in the fact that no other team has even attempted to out-do the Cardinals and perhaps a little embarrassed to admit defeat and take the Cardinals offer until some team does come up with a contract he could live with, and allows the Cardinals to counter offer or match it.  

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

I could see the Cardinals making a nominal increase so that he can save face, even if no other team makes a serious offer.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

I think he intends to resign with the Cardinals, but wants them to increase their offer.  He’s hoping for another team to make a legitamite bid, so that the Cardinals are forced to come up with more money.

As it stands, with Miami rumored to have offered less than St. Louis, unless the Cubs and/or Blue Jays come up with something big, the Cardinals are playing it right.  They have to be concerned with fan reaction, and if Pujols leaves for LESS money, fans are going to support the team, and hate the player.

Unless everything Pujols has said so far is a lie, I believe the Cardinals will be given the opportunity to match any offer.  I also think they won’t have to quite match it – maybe have just less than is offered, or same as offered but more deferred….  Unless someone makes him an obscene offer, I think he’s back with the Cardinals.

Remington
3 years 8 months ago

The Blue Jays have enough money to sign both ALbert AND Prince. Can you imagine those guys WITH Batista? wow thats the scariest 3-4-5 lineup in the history of baseball

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

But then you’re committing $100 million + to a full-time DH. Sound like sound business to you?

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 That’s why there is video games. Real life is much more disappointing then that.

3 years 8 months ago

I would probably go with the 3-4-5 of the murderer’s row. (Ruth, Gehrig, Meusel) or anyone who batted with Dimaggio and Gehrig.

slasher016
3 years 8 months ago

Try picking three players from the same era at least.

Triteon
3 years 8 months ago

In what respect did these players come from different eras?

slasher016
3 years 8 months ago

Remington was talking about a 3-4-5 of Pujols/Fielder/Bautista (not necessarily in that order).  Ruth played until 35, Musial didn’t start playing until 41. So that corollary isn’t feasible.

Triteon
3 years 8 months ago

Meusel, Bob Meusel, an integral part of the ’27 Yankees.  Hit .337 with 103 RBIs behind Gehrig.  Not Stan Musial.

slasher016
3 years 8 months ago

Yep I’m dumb.  I should read slower.

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

Bob Muesel = Stan Musial???
that’s a fail.

Andy_B
3 years 8 months ago

Ruth played until 35? Musial started at 41?  Please share what you are smoking.

slasher016
3 years 8 months ago

The years Andy.  1935 and 1941.  But regardless I read too fast and didn’t realize he was talking about Muesel.

3 years 8 months ago

Ive pretty much liked everything the cubs have done this off season.

Bones
3 years 8 months ago

I think the Cubs will go 5 years at $27 million with very little deferred. Could get it done.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

I think Theo is smarter than that.  Why pay Pujols $27m a year over the next three years when you aren’t expected to compete?  Wait for Votto (who will be MUCH better than Pujols in two or three years), and give the money to him instead.

Pujols is probably smarter than that too.  How much is he going to be able to get in five years?  He’s already declining, and many GM’s don’t trust his reported age of 31.

3 years 8 months ago

Wait, Votto is going to be better than AP? We can just make these claims now?

Votto put up numbers only marginally better than Pujols this year. (OPS+ 156 v. 151) He’s three years younger, but will be turning 31 in 2014 (his first year of FA). Why would I think Votto will be better 2014 onward? He certainly has less of an established pedigree. Pujols was pretty much dynamite the second half of the season and POs. I’m not buying the decline, yet even if he is declining, why would we expect him to decline harsher than Votto?

Lucas Kschischang
3 years 8 months ago

 In 2-3 years, do you think Pujols will be able to keep up with Votto?

3 years 8 months ago

See above post. I read jred wrong. If I were the cubs though, you don’t even know if Votto will become available or who you are betting against. So it would be some gamble to bank of Joey V. That said, I can understand the argument.

As an aside, I think the Pujols “decline” news was greatly blown out of proportion. He had a bad start, and then buried that start with almost four months of classic Pujols numbers. Last offseason, before his April and May (and June injury), people were talking about how he would probably be great for another 6-7 years. One bad start has not changed too much of that for me. I think he’ll be a total MVP-caliber force for at least 5 years. 

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

Based on ages, I would expect Votto to have similar production in 2014 as he did this year.  I would expect Pujols’s production to be worse than this year.

If they were basically the same this year, and I expect Pujols to decline and Votto remain level, who is better in 3 years?  This isn’t rocket science.

3 years 8 months ago

I read your post wrong at first. I would probably concede that Votto will be at least as good in 2014. My point was that we have little reason to think that Votto at 31 would be better than Pujols at 31. However, your point (I see now) was based on the Cubs not being good for the next 2-3 years, which would make the first  years of the contract questionable. 

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

For the record, I agree that Votto at 31 isn’t likely to be as good as Pujols at 31.  I just think he’ll be better than Pujols at 34.

KEK
3 years 8 months ago

Didn’t Theo also say that the Cubs were not going to go after him? Seems to me that this is just Pujols trying to jack up the price for his services.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

They met with his agent.  Cubs may be trying to drive his price up as well, since it would hamper the Cardinals ability to sign other players, but Theo needs to be careful that he doesn’t make an offer he’s forced to pay.

Andy_B
3 years 8 months ago

no it wouldn’t that’s only 135 million dollars

smokinjays
3 years 8 months ago

Every time somebody gets excited about the Jays signing a big FA this winter, I puke in my mouth a little.  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.  Jays’ management could not have been more clear on their intentions re: big-name free agents this offseason.

D_Koff
3 years 8 months ago

Except with the recent changes to the CBA it may have changed the Blue Jays thinking on long term big dollar contracts.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 No, it hasn’t. Fielder was at least remotely believable,  a Pujols rumor is just them being absurd now.

3 years 8 months ago

It must be so nice for agents that the Jays don’t say anything.

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

So they can leak their own misleading information?

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

yes, because they don’t confirm or deny any rumours..

I bet you albert pujols wasn’t even written on the chalkboard at the beginning of the off season.

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

Blue Jays have plenty of money available in their budget.  But, I doubt they will “overpay” Pujols.  The other teams have to be near the limits of their budgets for Blue Jays to have a chance at signing Pujols.  This scenario is not unthinkable if Yankees and Red Sox are not bidding on Pujols.  After all, they are the “market makers”.

3 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if they simply kicked the tires about Pujols, just to test the market, I would be more inclined to believe the Fielder rumours, as he fits the team model of a mid 20’s player to grow with the team.

If they choose to wait for Votto, he may not be around, a comparable player is available now in Fielder, with as you said, Boston and NYY out of the mix, seems like the perfect time.

firealyellon
3 years 8 months ago

St Louis has won 2 of the last 6 World Series.  The Cubs have won 2 of the last 104.  Hmmm…I wonder where Albert will play?

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Clearly…Seattle.

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

You must work for Netflix.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

are you referring to those radio commercials???

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

COOOORRRRRECT!!!!!!

lol ok that was a bit cheesy

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

so funny, I hear those all the time!! I hate them so much, they make no sense..

Funny how stupid commercials no, no boarders!

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

Yea, I usually listen to fox sports radio while I’m working and they are on there constantly.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

dbl post

Redsoxn8tion
3 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see him go to the Marlins. Though I know he’ll end up back in St Louis.

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 8 months ago

The Marlins are a major threat to The Cardinals’ Pujols?

Couldn’t help it.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Next time try harder to “help it”.

JohnOrpheus
3 years 8 months ago

Everyone assumed, and continues to assume, the Marlins were bluffing. They clearly are not, and I think Albert will sign with them if they offer the best package. And I think the Reyes deal was essential to their bid to sign Albert. Reyes signifies the Marlins are for real, and I think Albert recognizes that. I think Albert would like the idea of a basicially a brand new team with a new stadium and new uniforms (even if they are ugly) that he can be the face of.

I put Cards/Marlins at even odds each. It all depends on who want Albert more, and all signs point to the upstart Miami Marlins.

Jdobb
3 years 8 months ago

Disagree 100 percent. Albert will be a Cardinal by X-Mas along with Furcall

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

I think they have to be the best package by more than a hair.  Leaving St. Louis would be something big for him, especially with a special needs child. He has roots in the community, and isn’t going to leave St. Louis unless he is  blown away.

Besides, much as Reyes shows that the Marlins are serious about winning, Ozzie Guillen shows that they aren’t serious about anything else.  Pujols would strangle Guillen after three games – four max.

Also, the Marlins have refused to give out no-trade clauses. They are willing to sign anyone, so long as they can trade all of them away after a year or two, when they can’t afford them. You think Pujols is going to accept that? Reyes didn’t have a choice if he was going to get paid (and overpaid, in this case), but Pujols does. The Marlins offer is less than St. Louis’s already, and I doubt they are going to beat it significantly.

FreshMintt
3 years 8 months ago

It’s not like he’s already the face of the Cardinals or anything…

3 years 8 months ago

Why would he want all ‘new’? He’s a legend with a legacy in St. Louis. In Miami he’s a legend. In STL he has it MADE. The media respects him, the fans worship him, and he’s close to being the all-time greatest Cardinal. In Miami he’s just a Star that they signed.

The fans will cheer, but it will mean nothing. They’ll hold up ‘I love you Albert’ posters, but there will be no substance. This has got to mean SOMETHING to him.

What about his teammates? Molina Is his best friend, and the overall chemistry in there is great. His family lives in the area, so he sees them often enough. Oh, and Albert generally seems to not like players that slack or are over energetic. How’s that gonna workout for Hanley, Jose Reyes, LoMo, etc. I also wonder how he’ll like Gullien? Guy’s pretty loud and energetic.

Happiness has got to play a factor somewhere.

heybatter
3 years 8 months ago

Don’t kid yourself…today’s athlete is all about the money.

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

Ask LeBron James what he thinks about all of this. If you’re lucky, Pujols won’t announce his “surprising” decision via a hilarious half-hour show on ESPN.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
3 years 8 months ago

Make it an hour, need more commercial rev

cachhubguy
3 years 8 months ago

Molina’s contract is up after this year. He can join Albert in Miami next year.

3 years 8 months ago

this makes me sick

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

That most recent update is a bit misleading. There was no meeting with Pujols today, only Lozano. It may have been a very upbeat meeting but the man that ultimately will make the decision wasn’t even there.

JELY79
3 years 8 months ago

we wont miss alberto ,,,he can go take up space in florida

3 years 8 months ago

Bitter?

Eric Champion
3 years 8 months ago

Albert wasnt even their lol terrible update how about you update that Mo has talked to Albert personally throughout the whole process. Albert is not leaving STL unless Florida breaks the record setting contract by Aroid. But say he does leave STL then everything he has ever said about his love for the city, his love for the sport and not business, money not meaning anything in the contract negotiations, all he wants to do is compete every year will, and everything else would have been a lie and it would spit on the Cardinals org and the fans. Let me tell you no matter how much money you spend in the NL East no one is beating the Phills so if he leaves i hope he enjoyed his 2 world championships cause he wont see it again for the rest of his career in Florida. 

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t care how much the Marlins throw at Pujols it still seems obvious that he’s going back to St. Louis. He’ll do the same thing Joe Mauer did. Mauer wasn’t a free agent but he knew that the Yankees were about to go balls to the wall to get him but he signed a loyalty-based extension anyway for less money. Pujols will be a Cardinal for life.

3 years 8 months ago

I really hope your right.

FS54
3 years 8 months ago

That less money looks like a lot right now.

nats2012
3 years 8 months ago

So if the Marlins are serious about Albert and they dont get him I wonder if they will sign Fielder instead. Because you figure the Albert money is more than Fielder money.

3 years 8 months ago

Can you imagine the order?
1. Jose Reyes
2. Hanley Ramirez
3. Albert Pujols
4. Mike Stanton

It would have to be the best first four in baseball. Or am I forgetting someone?

3 years 8 months ago

Them or the Red Sox

Ellsbury
Pedroia
Gonzalez
Ortiz

Not necessarily in that order, they have Youkilis too who is very good.

3 years 8 months ago

If they do this, they could then package Sanchez for Gio Gonzalez (or another pitcher), stay right around $100 mil.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

Really? they would still be around $100 million with reyes and pujols?

3 years 8 months ago

COT had us at around $50 before any signings. Add $9 for Bell, 17 for Reyes and 22 for Pujols.  They would be a little over after they finished signing guys. 

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 8 months ago

A 9 year deal.. seriously?

Jason Sebol
3 years 8 months ago

I hope Albert takes it. This past season proves that it isn’t one player that wins you a championship, its a team effort. I don’t want the Cardinals to be handicapped for the next decade with a 9 year contract going to an aging player. We’ve seen the best years of Pujols (possibly), and every one of his offensive numbers have declined over the past 4 years. This isn’t steroid era baseball anymore, so the natural decline is going to kick in at some point. 

I like Pujols, and I appreciate what he’s done for St. Louis. But he wanted to test free agency, and continued to say “its not about the money.” Well, this news says to me, it is about the money.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

Or maybe its about the years and job security…I’m sure its not only baseball players who like to have the assurance that they will have a job for the next 9 years. If the Marlins get him they are pretty much guaranteed to have great attendance for the next few years. I mean the Reyes signing already boosted their attendance greatly. The crazy part is is that the Marlins would have signed arguably the best SS and the best 1b in the MLB.

Jason Sebol
3 years 8 months ago

The Marlins have won two WS since ’97. If the fanbase was going to be there, it would be there already.

I appreciate the effort the owners are putting in towards signing big free agents this offseason. But, are the fans going to be there in 2013, ’14, and beyond? Especially in 5 or 6 years when Pujols and Reyes’ decline has started?

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

Well if they get Pujols as well and all goes well they should win another championship or two so that should help. The new stadium is also a big boost, their old one was horrific. They will also get all those bandwagon fans like the Miami Heat did when they signed the big three.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

Getting Pujols + whoever doesn’t guarantee rings.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

Never knew that “they should” means they will. What is guaranteed though is a boost in attendance. 

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

Even “should” is the wrong word to use.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

With Pujols and Reyes you dont think they should win a ring or two? 

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

With Pujols and Reyes you dont think they should win a ring or two?