Marlins Were High Bidders For Pujols, Wilson

With $191MM committed to Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell, Marlins fans can't complain about their offseason so far.  Only one of the 5,020 entrants in MLBTR's free agent prediction contest, Matthew Lazear, correctly guessed in November that the Marlins would sign all three.  However, it's interesting to note that the Marlins also made the highest bids on top free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, who ultimately went to the Angels today.

Pujols received ten years and $254MM from the Angels, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the Marlins offered ten years and $275MM.  That would have tied Alex Rodriguez for the largest contract guarantee in baseball history.  Nightengale says that with incentives and Florida's lack of a state income tax, the deal could have been worth nearly $300MM.

Wilson signed a five-year, $77.5MM deal with the Halos, but agent Bob Garber told Ken Rosenthal Wilson could "easily" have gotten $100MM, and the Marlins "would not let it go."  Said Wilson: "But if it were just about money I'd be a Marlin, straight up, because they offered more money, they have a great situation." 

The Marlins reportedly stuck to their policy of not including a no-trade clause for either player, which may have been a factor in their decisions.


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186 Comments on "Marlins Were High Bidders For Pujols, Wilson"


renegadeisback
3 years 8 months ago

It’s the uniforms. Who would want to wear those things?! 

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

My guess is Matthew Lazear.  Only the biggest Marlins homer of all time would have pegged them for Reyes, Buerhle, and Bell.

3 years 8 months ago

The only name I wasn’t expecting there was Bell.

3 years 8 months ago

CJ didn’t even get the team name right, lol.

It’s for the best that the Marlins didn’t get Pujols. At his age and that contract, he needs to be on a team with a DH.

3 years 8 months ago

I still do not really understand this whole approach. Florida was completely in the playoff chase 2 years ago with Phils and Braves and they were selling7-10k tickets a night. It is not that the fans don’t care, they simply don’t exist. If the Marlins had signed all of these guys they were all going to be on different teams in 2-3 years.

3 years 8 months ago

You really don’t understand what it’s like going to a game at Sun Life Stadium in the summer. Not all the seat face the field. It’s miserable and scalding during the day and the humidity is awful at night. And there is always the chance of a rain delay. They are opening a new stadium with a roof and A/C. It’s going to help tremendously. Stop saying the fans don’t exist, they do. Their tv ratings have always been consistently high.

Taylor Hope
3 years 8 months ago

How so? “I’d be a Marlin, straight up”. What’s he supposed to say, “I’d be a member of the Miami Marlins?”

I_Like_Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

10 years 275mil!!?!? only reason why i see he didn’t sign there is because he didn’t wanna make it look too much like a LeBron move

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

Really?  That’s how you’re going to twist it?  All the haters who said he left St. Louis for the money now have nothing to hold that up against since he turned down more money, and this is how you’re going to interpret it?  Give me a break.

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 8 months ago

I bet they didn’t offer a no trade clause because they were just going to trade him in 3 years, blow up the team, and then take another decade to rebuild.

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

Can’t say I disagree, as we have no reason to believe they won’t.  Still, he turned down more money.

MadmanTX
3 years 8 months ago

Um…didn’t Pujols leave for the money since he couldn’t get the same amount the Angels offered out of the Cardinals?  Pujols wanted the most money he could get from a competitive team–and that wasn’t the Cardinals. Tough–but that’s what happened.

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

Exactly, but it wasn’t all about the money.  Everyone’s kidding themselves if they don’t think it’s important, but it looks like he left more money on the table.

bglaszcz
3 years 8 months ago

Ummm… they just won the World Series, and they’re getting Wainwright back…

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, but they lost Tony LaRussa. Who’s going to bat Nick Punto ninth now?!

I_Like_Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

didn’t mean to like your reply, but yea, st louis was offering him 22 mil a year, angels offered (and he accepted) 25.4 mil, marlins offered 27.5….how else are you gonna put it? didn’t wanna go take the ungodly amount in miami, but he settled for a little less in LA which is still more than what St. Louis was offering.. c’mon dude…it’s all right there – he’ll never be like lebron though, he deserves every bit of what he makes

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

Apparently it’s not all right there for you.  He clearly took less money to sign with the Angels.  If it was all about the money he would have gone to Miami.  Clearly there was more to it than the money.  And how this relates to Lebron is just even more ridiculous.  If he didn’t want to look like Lebron, he simply would not have made a tv special just to announce it–which he didn’t.

I_Like_Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

Let me make my statement about th LeBron comment a little clearer for you – I meant if he would have went to Miami..it would have looked a little bit like a LeBron move, but he didn’t, he chose to go to the AL and still sign for more money than what the Cardinals were offering him, so I’m NOT twisting this into a LeBron situation at all..my comment was simply a “if he woulda” moment – although i haven’t dug deep enough on the internet or watched on MLB network long enough to get his reason why he chose LA over Miami if Miami was giving him more…any reason why?

FS54
3 years 8 months ago

NTC could be a reason.

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

Exactly.  Pretty likely one too.

3 years 8 months ago

No he and CJ didn’t sign because they did not want to get traded in 2 years after the inevitable firesale. This has all happened before with this franchise.

3 years 8 months ago

Fantastic. Nice to see it wasn’t ALL about the $. Let’s go Halos! Can’t wait to get me a new jersey…. but which one?

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

Crazy. CJ kind of rules for not chasing the money (if that’s actually true).

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

yea. the pujols contract is ugly but the wilson deal is a relative bargain

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

I definitely agree that Wilson was a relative bargain, considering the market for starting pitching. But at the same time, I get the feeling that he’s a good candidate to wind up being a Boston-era John Lackey or NYY-era AJ Burnett.

Not that I guess Moreno would mind too much if it turned into a bad contract. They’ve had quite the collection of them over the past few years. And not all of them started off looking good to begin with.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

At 5/$75 I would not have had a problem if the Yanks signed him. I wonder if they ever were given the impression that he could come that cheap or whether they felt he had ZERO intention on being a Yankee but just wanted to use them as leverage against others? 

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

CJ Wilson is from southern California and it seems like he wanted to move back there — that trumps a few million sometimes (edit: well, not in my world!). Didn’t Jered Weaver also sign slightly under value so he could stay in LA?

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

yup. signing an extension in the first place is something boras opposes. but weaver insisted

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

The fact that he called them the “Florida Marlins” takes away any karma points he got turning down the money.

3 years 8 months ago

No No No. The Miami Marlins are less than one year old and need to respect their elders.

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

Now Loria has in for Wilson after calling the Miami Marlins, the “Florida Marlins”

Dave
3 years 8 months ago

I call bullshit.   Pujols would have taken 300m from Florida if he took 250 from Anaheim since there’s just as likely a chance that either of them contend in the next 10 years.   

BluMule
3 years 8 months ago

End of pujols career he DH’s in LA. End of career in Miami he platoons or doesnt even start

Dave
3 years 8 months ago

Completely irrelevant, as he’ll get paid the whole amount no matter what he’s doing, whether it’s being a 2-game a week pinch hitter or an everyday starter.  

Amish_willy
3 years 8 months ago

If he’s at all concerned about pilling up homerun’s in the later portion of his career, the DH bit will come in handy, no?

Dave
3 years 8 months ago

Only a little.  I mean it never stopped the Giants from trotting Barry Bonds to the outfield despite his inability to field anything but a routine play for the last 3-4 years of his career.  

3 years 8 months ago

It wouldn’t matter as at the end of his career the the DH will be implemented in both leagues.

baschkar
3 years 8 months ago

Of course they’ll have someone leak an absurd amount. There’s no way he’d turn down the biggest contract in MLB history.

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

That’s not true, necessarily. A no-trade clause is worth a lot to a guy like Pujols, who could find himself bouncing around every three years for the rest of his career otherwise.

tomymogo
3 years 8 months ago

10 years 275 million………..Why did he go to Anaheim?

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

One word… “Disney”

Ian_Smell
3 years 8 months ago

Now I understand what he meant when he said he was going to Disney after they won the World Series.

3 years 8 months ago

There is one of those in Florida too.

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

Disney World > Disneyland

tomymogo
3 years 8 months ago

Lol…..he had two disney’s to choose from………I bet he didn’t have a no trade clause and didn’t believe Miami was  serious about keeping everybody

BluMule
3 years 8 months ago

The place where dreams come true

jrfam86
3 years 8 months ago

because the marlins gave him a deadline to accept the deal and tried to ignore it and get teams to raise their offers. The marlins pulled their offer and went on with their offseason and pujols just took the next highest offer which was anaheim

Mike Mark Sopp
3 years 8 months ago

If Bell,  Reyes and Buerhle make an appearance at the new stadium and announce they are going to win 6 or 7 World Series i may give up watching MLB entirely….

3 years 8 months ago

I think it’s a safe bet that they won’t do that, lol

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Its offical.. the Marlins are absolutely ludicrous… 10 year up to 300MM… wow Florida you are lucky that did not go through because that would have crushed your organization after 2 years

sharenski
3 years 8 months ago

jealous much?

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

I definitely wouldn’t imagine the Marlins being the first team to offer a $300M contract. That huge contract would have been an incredible gamble for the Fish. I don’t think it would’ve been worth it. It could either have led to sellouts for the next few seasons, or sunk the Fish.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 8 months ago

lol how is what he said jealousy?  What he said is right.  With all these big contracts, they could potentially be sunk real soon.  That deal is insane, on top of all the others.

RationalSportsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Loria basically admitted that they are planning to pay these contracts with expected future revenue gains.  He expects the  Miami Marlins to sustain a massive increase in ticket sales.  I don’t see why he believes this.  They haven’t sold well the last ten years, even when they have been very good, and the new stadium effect will eventually wear off.

Fact is that Florida, in general, is a hard place for pro sports teams to sell tickets.  Look for a massive sell-off within three years.

3 years 8 months ago

You realize that when they played in Sun Life, they didn’t get 100% of the revenue from the stadium or concessions? They got nothing from luxury boxes. They had the worst lease in MLB history. 

You’re going to be really surprised how much having their own stadium in Miami is going to help.

RationalSportsFan
3 years 8 months ago

I understand the deal was bad and that they have a better one now.  But, I highly doubt that the new stadium is going to regularly be at or even near capacity once the new stadium effect wears off.  The Marlins have never consistently drawn.  Why would that suddenly change?  They have had really good teams before (e.g. 2003 when they averaged ~16k per game).  I see no good reason to expect them to consistently draw now.

The better deal allows for expanded payroll, but 2x-4x what they have standardly spent?  I’m not buying it.

3 years 8 months ago

They were banking on Pujols bringing in more revenue in other fashions, such as the naming rights to the ballpark.

I’m glad we didn’t sign Pujols because its true that we don’t know how well the ballpark will sell, but you can’t be mad at Loria for trying to do something extraordinary to get the fans excited. 

RationalSportsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Not mad at Loria and I don’t think taking this risk is insane.  Even if it fails, they have an easy out (trade these guys) that will be able to cost their losses significantly.

Even if this isn’t the best way to run a business, if I am a fan of a team, I want the owner to take these sorts of risks, because I want to win more than anything else.

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

You realize that a new stadium does not insure more fans right? Fans = Revenue

D. Matthew Facer
3 years 8 months ago

That is exactly what we heard in Pittsburgh when PNC Park opened.  Good luck with that.

sharenski
3 years 8 months ago

If you forget the NBA and the NFL sure.

RationalSportsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Tampa Bay, Miami, and Jacksonville are all in the bottom quarter of NFL attendance, with Tampa and Miami in the bottom three.  All have been bottom third the last two years.

sharenski
3 years 8 months ago

lol To think Pujols will stop being himself in two years? The contract will take longer than that to become burdensome.

Ohhhplease
3 years 8 months ago

If it is burdensome in 2 or 4 or 6 years doesn’t matter, burdensome is burdensome.  At some point Pujols will stop putting up the numbers he is and I beieive sooner rather than later as he has a partially torn tendon in his elbow, plater faciatis (sic) and age all working against him

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Now that Pujols is gone Im ready to focus my attention to Bryce Harper! He is the next prodigy.

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Pujols wasnt himself lastyear

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Jealous? of what? A horrible business decision… no

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Honestly….Ramirez + Pujols + Guillen in Miami would’ve driven the Latin fanbase crazy.

3 years 8 months ago

Reyes too.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

In my mind I had him on my list but had a brain fart while typing. thanks.

jrfam86
3 years 8 months ago

and reyes

Casor_Greener
3 years 8 months ago

yeah but a lot of that latin fan base is without the money to pack the stadium year in and year out.  That’s why they never do in Miami

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

great point.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

I live in the area and you would be shocked at the economic strength of Latin community here. Yes they have a lot of new immigrants but there’s a TON of second generation educated and gainfully employed Latin ppl here not to mention the surrounding areas they can draw from wealthy non-Latinos in West Palm, Boca, Ft. Lauderdale, Dayton beach, even Orlando which is only 3 hrs away.

Casor_Greener
3 years 8 months ago

Older people aren’t going to pack a sports arena, Florida has taught us that in almost every sport.

Economic strength does not guarantee attendance. Even the Heat can be seen with empty stadium seats.  Miami is just not a sports crazed place anymore, probably has a lot to do with all those half naked women.

Will M
3 years 8 months ago

If you’re going to spend time arguing about Miami sports, stop relying on stereotypes of Miami that you picked up in the 80’s and CSI Miami. 70% of Miami is Hispanic (aka the economic strength has to come from somewhere) and the average age is 30. The Hispanics that comprise the population of Miami are a collection of citizens from South American countries that had the financial means to relocate their families to Miami. 

The Heat have empty seats only because fans arrive their late NOT because fans aren’t buying the tickets. The Heat even opened “standing room only” seating this year which was always filled. 

Look i’m a Miami fan and i’ll agree, our fans kind of blow. But if you give them an excitable product or a winning product, they’ll jump on the bandwagon and come to games. 

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Great! Then Pujols should have signed with a Latin team… Cuba, Dominican, Puerto Rican etc.. why is Miami trying to go Latin all of a sudden? Thats like the Royal building an all Amish team..

$4555515
3 years 8 months ago

im curious what makes the marlins think that attendance is going to skyrocket? i would like to point out this is the same marlins orginiaztion that won 2 world series and then had to dismantle there team duo to lack of attendance/revenue?

if winning 2 world series in a row(pls correct me if im mistaken) doesnt bring you better attendance and revenue numbers then what the hell possibly could

tntdaddy
3 years 8 months ago

CJ Wilson, so serious about the offer from Miami, he couldn’t get their name right.

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

Well good for Albert to be a character guy and take the 250M instead of the 275. [sarcasm]

Glad to see I’m not the only one who doesn’t believe in the Marlins yet. 

PaganIdolCow
3 years 8 months ago

It’s a good bet that if you don’t even know the current name of the team offering you the most money, you’re probably not that interested in joining that team.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Can’t believe they didn’t make an exception on their “No-No trade” stance. Let one of the greatest hitters of all time go by because they wouldn’t be able to dump his contract once they won the world series.

Glad he’s not going to be in the division.

Chipper_is_GOD
3 years 8 months ago

They are idiots

They just let AP walk because of a dumb NTC. They let possibly the greatest ever go because they might not have wanted him later on. And I personally would have liked to seen them get him because I actually kinda wanted Albert in my division so I could see him play more.

But now. The Marlins are no threat to the Braves or Phils. Adding Reyes, Buerhle, & Heath can’t top our teams. But adding those 3 and then Pujols and Wilson could have. The Marlins dug themselves a grave with that NTC, idiots…

3 years 8 months ago

“But now. The Marlins are no threat to the Braves or Phils.”
We’ll see about that.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Depends on Johnson and Reyes. People can say whatever they want about the Phillies and their age but that Marlins ballclub is filled with some significant injuries. Can they weather the storm when one or the other goes down as history shows they will? To me, that’s the key if the Marlins want to compete.

3 years 8 months ago

I mostly agree. But another wild card is if Hanley can perform to his talent again.

Also, there is another wild card :)

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

I think the NL East is going to good this year. I still see the Braves/Phillies as the two fighting for the top spot but the Nationals and Marlins are going to make it though on them.

The Wild Card is coming out of that division. The NL Central just took a huge hit talentwise and the West is what it is, I never have predicted correctly what’s the outcome from that division besides 2009 when it was clear the Dodgers were the class.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

keep in mind that it’s very unlikely that the marlins are done. they intended to sign at least one more big name and failed. they have motivation to make a splash in the trade market now, probably for a starter

i can’t see any trade making them favorites, but the right move(s) could definitely make them serious contenders

Ohhhplease
3 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t ever say “no threat”, they have a strong team, and a solid staff.  Are they as solid as the Braves or Phils right now, no…but a few injuries happen and it’s a different ballgame.  The Braves cannot score, and did nothing to help themselves in that department, yet. 

bglaszcz
3 years 8 months ago

IF Hanley is healthy, and IF he decides to play, I feel you’re going to eat your words. He was one of the top 5 players in the league 2 years ago. No one seems to be talking about him.

melkor77
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t get either… in 4 years, when they have shipped evey piece of their top talent away, I’d think AP would have likely waived his no trade gladly… and to go to the team of his choosing…but who knows

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

it’s really suspicious. he’d have had 10-5 rights halfway into the deal anyway. do they really think there’s a significant chance they’d trade him in the first 5 years of the deal? apparently so

Dave
3 years 8 months ago

It happened to A-Rod didn’t it?   Not like the number of teams would be huge that could take that contract that didn’t offer it in the first place, but you never want to get traded to the Cubs without being able to veto it.  

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah. It appears they do fully realize that they’re playing with fire this winter by offering all these huge contracts. I mean, I’m sure their attendance will increase significantly in the new stadium. But I’m very dubious that their revenue will increase enough over the next few years to justify what they’re currently spending (and still trying to spend).

3 years 8 months ago

They are coming off the worse lease in MLB history. You’ll be surprised how much extra revenue they will have. Maybe not enough to support a $275 million contract though…

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Oh, I agree. I don’t think Reyes, Buehrle and Bell will hamstring them much. Especially considering Hanley’s contract runs out right around the time that the backloaded years of Reyes’ deal kicks in. But if they had gotten Pujols at $27.5M AAV, and Wilson at $15.5M AAV, I think they would have really been screwed in a few years.

And who knows? They could still wind up spending big on Fielder and/or Darvish. Or maybe Cespedes or Aoki. Or trade for Wandy Rodriguez and take on his full salary. It sounds like they’re far from done spending this winter.

And don’t get me wrong. I wish them well. They’re not my favorite team. But they’re my favorite team in the NL East. So I’d hate to see them get into the mess that the Cubs, Mets and Astros are currently in.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Honestly speaking, if he’s earning $30 mil per then that in effect IS a no trade clause. Who in the world, has the money for that AND a need (considering the Yanks and Sox are locked up at 1b).

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

That was my thinking with him. 4-5 years from now probably only the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, Dodgers, Mets, etc could afford him.

But I figured they’d realize that and just give him the no-trade.

wsox2624
3 years 8 months ago

Ozzie was just saying yesterday how he was attracting everyone to Florida…looks like his charm wore off and didn’t work with AP and C.J.

JimBaily
3 years 8 months ago

Not bitter at all.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Buerhle, Reyes and Bell…..can’t have ’em all.

FS54
3 years 8 months ago

I feel so much better now. AP took less money and did not sign with Cardinals.

Jackkinof
3 years 8 months ago

Angels just won themselves a few World Series Championships. I invite anyone at all to dispute this. They will now focus on acquiring a MLB established 3rd baseman and they have the trade chips to do exactly that.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 8 months ago

“I invite anyone at all to dispute this.”

Boston had a better team on paper last season

RationalSportsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Right, and they beat the Phillies in the World Series, correct?  Same in 2010, if I remember correctly.

Jackkinof
3 years 8 months ago

I live in Boston- no buzz surrounding this team at all. I agree the season has yet to begin, but I will be sharing on this topic in about 11 months from now and you all will tell me how correct i was. Arte Moreno for Pres!

RationalSportsFan
3 years 8 months ago

“Buzz” does not equal “likelihood to win World Series.”

3 years 8 months ago

No buzz, really?   Everyone the west coast seems to be wondering if Valentine lasts the season.  What is your take?

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

I’ll dispute that right now, while signing Albert Pujols is nice, you don’t have to pitch to him. He adds a lot to that line up, but if he comes up in a big spot in the post season, if I’m a manager, I’m putting up four fingers.

Besides, championships aren’t won on paper. If they were, the Phillies would have won the 2010 and 2011 World Series, in my opinion.

3 years 8 months ago

well, Boston might have won 2011.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

True, I thought they had the best overall team, plus, they used to own the Phillies in interleague so they had that going for them.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Yep, I hear that Bud Selig has already decided that the playoffs will be cancelled because there’s not a team other than the Angels that has a shot.

jrfam86
3 years 8 months ago

no they decided to get rid of the season and just have the angels and philles play for 162 games since theyre already won their leagues

RationalSportsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Yep, and it will be over in 82 games with the obviously superior Angels sweeping.

Dave
3 years 8 months ago

Okay, I’ll dispute it.  Pujols didn’t win the Cardinals their World Series, he hit poorly in 4/5 games and the one he hit well in, he wasn’t even the reason they won the game.   CJ Wilson also pitched poorly in the entire postseason, losing every game he figured in the decisions and clocking a near 5 ERA.    

Pujols will be a factor but you DO have to surround him with quality players that can pick up the slack when the teams inevitably remove Pujols from the game.   Do the Angels have that?  I’m not real sure and I really don’t think it guarantees any championships at all. 

hardcoreforhardcore
3 years 8 months ago

So did the Red Sox last year, right?

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 8 months ago

I would think that this news would upset Cards fans even more since he took a lot less money from a different team that wasn’t them.  Makes you wonder how this all went down…

jrfam86
3 years 8 months ago

he didnt really take less money, the marlins gave him a deadline to except the deal and he tried to push it and got other clubs to raise their offers. the marlins decided they werent going to sit around and wait so they signed buehrl instead and pujols just took the next highest offer

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 8 months ago

I understand that is what happened, but he knew the deadline and saw the other offers on the table.  It’s not like he waited weeks after the Marlins pulled the offer to see if the Cards/Angels/Mystery Team fight to outbid each other. 

jrfam86
3 years 8 months ago

i think the mystery team was the cubs and they werent going to come near anyone elses offer and the cards were pretty much set at the offer they gave him. nobody tried to really outbid the marlins as it was so he probally just took then angels before they lowered it once the marlins backed out

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

“My pimp hand is strong”

-Jeff Loria

Dude is like Pacman Jones on a Saturday night in an Atlanta “skripclub”. Make it rain man, make it make it rain.

TimotheusATL
3 years 8 months ago

+1 for correct use of the word “skrip”

PepePeppon
3 years 8 months ago

Pujols agent messed up and the marlins pulled the offer.  He was fortunate enough to get the Angels to bite.

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 8 months ago

Good possibility. I’m wondering how much the no trade clause effected his thoughts. That is like gold as well. If they ever want to trade him he will get paid to OK it.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

How did he mess it up? Pujols’s camp said they wouldn’t sign without a No-Trade clause. The Marlins didn’t offer it and Pujols took Money/Security vs. Just Money or Just Security.