Albert Pujols Deciding Between Cardinals, Marlins

The competition for the biggest prize on the free agent market doesn't appear to be the two-horse race we expected. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (via Twitter) that the Angels are also pursuing Albert Pujols. Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds that an AL official insisted to him today that the Angels were in on Pujols, though an official with the Halos denied it (Twitter links).

In today's mammoth recap of Pujols rumors, we heard that three teams have extended offers of ten years and at least $200MM to Pujols — the Marlins, the Cardinals, and a mystery team. While the Cubs were also reported to still be interested, the Angels may represent that mystery club. Here are the latest updates on Pujols, with the newest on top:

  • Yahoo's Tim Brown tweets that the Angels are "definitely not in on Pujols," but that the Cubs have made contact.
  • The Marlins offer to Pujols includes provisions that would link Pujols to the Marlins beyond his playing career as a way to show their long-term commitment without including no-trade protection, writes Stark.
  • Pujols' future "won't be decided tonight," tweets ESPN's Jayson Stark.
  • Juan C. Rodriguez of the Miami Sun-Sentinel tweets that a Marlins source told him they're not expecting an answer tonight.
  • The Marlins haven't given Pujols a deadline or ultimatum, says Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post (on Twitter). A decision may come before sunrise, and Capozzi hears the Marlins are "very confident" (Twitter link).
  • Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and ESPN.com hears from a source that Pujols is down to the Marlins and Cardinals, "period" (Twitter link).
  • Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi have a complete story up at FOX Sports on the status of the Pujols negotiations, including the Angels' interest. Within the piece, the FOX scribes say the dollar figure the Marlins are offering is acceptable to Pujols, but the two sides are "trying to work through no-trade issues."
  • Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times spoke to an AL GM who said "no way" to the Angels' rumored interest, while Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Cubs are "definitely not" in on Pujols (Twitter links). Whether or not those two clubs are involved, the Cardinals and Marlins still appear to be the favorites.
  • Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (Twitter link) spoke to two Angels people who were "shocked" to hear they were considered the mystery team for Pujols. However, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports and Jon Heyman of MLB Network are both hearing that it is, in fact, the Angels (Twitter links).
  • Joe Frisaro of MLB.com tweets that the Marlins were hoping for resolution on Pujols soon, but it's looking less likely it will happen tonight.


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192 Comments on "Albert Pujols Deciding Between Cardinals, Marlins"


MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Looks like we may have found the mystery team.

Corey Lancaster
3 years 8 months ago

B A N A N A S

LightUptheHalo
3 years 8 months ago

No Way, even as an Angels fan

fejimanz
3 years 8 months ago

but would you be pissed off if we did in fact pull of this crazy signing (i agree with you though, i am sure we have no chance)

3 years 8 months ago

The Angels are the only top high market team without that one player everyone goes to the ballpark to watch play. That and having a billionaire as an owner puts them in a position to get this done.

abes_seed
3 years 8 months ago

But we gots VW!!!

3 years 8 months ago

but we have the Rally Monkey (who has been making more appearances than we would like to see)

The_Moose
3 years 8 months ago

Lolwut? Kendry Morales…?

3 years 8 months ago

Albert Pujols > Kendry Morales

The_Moose
3 years 8 months ago

Truth, and I suppose him coming off an injury is a bit risky, but they need starting pitching more, no?

EightMileCats
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t know that they need starters with Weaver, Haren, Santana… At least not front of the line starters. Maybe a solid 8th inning guy… Pref with some late game expierence. That way he can help the walden kid along as he develops

fejimanz
3 years 8 months ago

if they sign pujols they will make a trade for pitching, either Trumbo & prospects… or another package with callaspo, pbj & prospects… both should get us a really decent pitcher or more… and teams have already contacted the angels in regards to the availability of Callaspo and PBJ…

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Way to go out on a limb.

3 years 8 months ago

intentional pun?

3 years 8 months ago

Way to add substance to the conversation.

sourbob
3 years 8 months ago

Kendry Morales was so freaked out when he heard about the Angels pursuing Pujols that he promptly leapt out of his seat… and shattered his ankle.

3 years 8 months ago

Injured the last 2 seasons…lolwut?

3 years 8 months ago

Can they afford both Wilson and Pujols? Don’t see them going that hard after Albert.

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

With how cheap they were last year, it’s more likely that they get priced out on both guys.

3 years 8 months ago

Uh, we took on the worst contract in baseball by trading for a guy getting paid $21 million a year. That may be a lot of things, but it’s not cheap. Also, we have a new GM so last year is irrelevant

Regardless, this rumor is totally false.

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

I’m talking in regards to their recent pursuit of free agents (Crawford, Beltre to name the most recent ones) for long term, high dollar contracts. The fact that the Angels FO panicked last year when everyone blew up on them for not signing those two FA’s and traded for a ridiculous contract doesn’t change a thing.

Halosfan777
3 years 8 months ago

But starting clean in your FO and appointing a new GM does “change a thing”. It’s a completely different FO from last year so how do you know what they are going to do this year?

OCAngels
3 years 8 months ago

Two different GM’s… Reagins was late on everything.  The deals and even the winter meetings-he was a day late).  Dipito I hope is inteligent and has a lot of assistants.  Trust, the Reagins era is OVER, so let’s all forget about it.

3 years 8 months ago

Zito resents your comment about worst contract.  He got the same contract and was just as ineffective thank you very much

Eddie Millhauser
3 years 8 months ago

They can’t even afford Pujols…

fejimanz
3 years 8 months ago

if they sign pujols they have a lot of trade bait that they could use to probably get more pitching… 

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

that’s weird. they usually wait until after another team signs the player to deny their interest in him

Commander_Nate
3 years 8 months ago

JeDi mind trick, you fell for.

3 years 8 months ago

now he can go west, central, or east the possibilities are endless  

3 years 8 months ago

The O’s will happily take Kendry off your hands! they will even let you pay the contract!

3 years 8 months ago

I’m drooling right now

Raymond Holguin
3 years 8 months ago

wtf this came out of left field, where the heck are we gonna put him and what happened to the tight budget constraints?  unless there are some trades in place for some of our high price players i dont see this being legit

3 years 8 months ago

Moreno has long maintained that he’ll splurge on the “right” deal. 

All these reports about Dipoto having only $15-$20 million to spend are predicated on simple math- figuring out the current difference between last year’s payroll and their current payroll. That range was never a ceiling imposed by Angels’ brass.

Obviously Trumbo or Morales would be shopped. Transitioning Trumbo to third is always an option but there are concerns (and rightfully so) about his ability to adequately defend the position.

Moreno has the money though. He’ll easily exceed the 20 year/1.6 billion dollar cable deal that the Rangers recently signed, and averages over 3 million in attendance each year. 

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

So Vernon Wells was the “right” deal?  I’ve seen Trumbo play third in the minors – not pretty. Don’t see this happening, but I could see Wilson and Ramirez coming to Anaheim.

3 years 8 months ago

I agree. People are up in arms about the reported spending limit the Angels have. The reality is that they don’t have one that is set in stone and if Moreno wants someone badly enough, he’ll shell out the cash to get the player. My gut tells me they’ll keep Trumbo, but I could see them moving Morales for a relief pitcher or two if they decide to spend big on a first baseman.

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

Where are you going to put him?  Do you need to be reminded about who this guy is?

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

Make it happen. I wanna see what kinda damage he can do in the AL.

Melvin McMurf
3 years 8 months ago

This is starting to look like last year:   Angels are into everyone but sign NO ONE

Tbell16
3 years 8 months ago

This is by far the stupidest post i’ve seen

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

scroll down a bit. the mets gave jon rauch 3.5 mil

3 years 8 months ago

not gonna happen, but as an Angels fan, YES PLEASE. Who cares about anyone else – if you can get the best player in baseball, DO IT. TWICE.

3 years 8 months ago

I’d honestly rather spend the money on Fielder, but I wouldn’t complain if we landed Pujols. I highly doubt either of those scenarios will happen, but I also wasn’t expecting the Angels to sign Vlad back in 2004 when he was one of the hottest commodities on the market. I’ll agree that the Angels claim interest in just about every big name in free agency, but sometimes they surprise people and actually sign a big name.

Adam R
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, right.

But what the hell, Arte, You light your money on fire for bad players, lets do it for a good player.

3 years 8 months ago

LOL. 

Eddie Millhauser
3 years 8 months ago

agreed! 

3 years 8 months ago

*sigh*
Great.
*sigh*

Thurman8er
3 years 8 months ago

Grain of salt, grain of salt, grain of salt.  Just keep saying it with me.  Grain of salt…

Cavman_Boland
3 years 8 months ago

Who needs Pujols… They have Vernon!

Melvin McMurf
3 years 8 months ago

u ruined my moment

Eddie Millhauser
3 years 8 months ago

He will turn it around next year! Mark my words he will hit .230! ;D

HARRISON ROSE
3 years 8 months ago

I guess this is why they were shopping Ervin Santana among others? Makes sense since they will have Abreau, Hunter, and others coming off the books soon enough.

Eddie Millhauser
3 years 8 months ago

They would shop Santana if they signed Wilson, but that makes no sense to me either. 

Charliesmithm
3 years 8 months ago

We all no that he is goin to the fish the fish r trading sanchez to the brewers to cover 3D and the brewers will have fielder

Charliesmithm
3 years 8 months ago

I hope it happens
Reply if u like my Idea

Charliesmithm
3 years 8 months ago

I hope it happens
Reply if u like my Idea