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Would you pay Albert Pujols $225 million over 9 years?

    MILWAUKEE -- Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports wrote that the Miami Marlins are believed to have offered Albert Pujols a nine-year deal, perhaps for $225 million. I have a hard time believing that. In fact, I spoke with someone this morning who said that figure is vastly inflated. But, who knows? It's all hush-hush on the subject. The Marlins aren't saying a thing. Either is Pujols' agent.

    Here's what we do know: the Cardinals made Pujols a nine-year, $198 million offer BEFORE the start of the 2011 season. He turned it down. Now we're to believe that the Marlins are not only prepared to blow the bank on Pujols, who turns 32 in January, but made that staggering offer on their opening bid to him? The World Series champs are planning to sit down again with Pujols, and I suspect they remain the favorites to ink a deal.

     The Marlins are concentrating their efforts on Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, and they are anxious to get one or both of the deals done soon so they start piecing together the rest of the roster puzzle -- or come up with a Plan B -- based on the payroll parameters given to them by owner Jeffrey Loria. Buerhle's agent met with the Marlins on Tuesday here at the GM meetings, but he is also expected to talk with other suitors.

     Though I consider Pujols to be a bit of a long shot, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Marlins' payroll for next season eclipse $100 million -- possibly surpassing the payrolls of both the Mets and Dodgers. Only twice -- in 1996 and '97 -- have the Marlins had a higher payroll than the Mets. Since 1997, the Mets have outspent the Marlins threefold.

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Tom

Yes.

bob

Honestly, I don't think he's worth that much for the Marlins to get him. That's a Yankees-like figure, and completely out-of-character and possibly out of reach for the Marlins. Really, for that money I rather they use it to land both Buehrle and Reyes instead, and maybe one other free agent like Ryan Madson. Have a more well-rounded team. Get a pitcher, closer, and someone to show Hanley he's not "The One", instead of getting one superstar with a mediocre team surrounding him.

Tom

Why not sign em all and let Ozzie sort it out?

K-Man

That is way to much. It is not like we are desperate for a 1B. Gaby is very good and improving. Anyone know what happened with the Cuban outfielder?

laurelbowie

I say no way, Jose Alberto. Pujols is too old to get that kind of contract from a team like the Marlins. Our friend Stan M is convinced he's actually much older than the age he lists officially. Don't know about that, but if Loria spends that money on Pujols, he won't spend another dime on payroll until 2020. Is that what Fish fans really want? One aging superstar isn't going to turn this franchise around, and a contract like could put the Marlins in a bind for a long time. Think Soriano, Zambrano or Perez, only much worse. Spread the wealth and plug the gaping holes at third and center and on the mound.
Frankly, because of the age difference, I'd take Fielder over Pujols, even though Prince looks like he's one Happy Meal away from a major heart attack.

J.A.T.

If anyone can make the new Marlins uniforms look good, it's Albert Pujols. I'm not sure he's worth $225 million over 9 years at this point in his career, though. That being said, he sure would sell a lot of tickets down here with his star power.

Roy

NOT IN 200 MILLION YEARS!

Can you imagine how many weak areas they can improve with that money?

All they have to do is to keep the players they bring up once they start producing and stop being the farm team for the rest of the League.

Bring in all of the players they have traded in the last 5-7 years and you can have an All Star Team!

Roy

BTW, if Pujol was a Stock I would be selling right now, not buying.

Look at his percentages for the last 4 years. Steady decline and down trending. OUCH!

Armando

If he really was 32 I have no problem with it - BUT the word is that he is probably 34 - 35 years old....

flipper's ghost

Albert Pujols skills are starting to decline a bit. He's not worth that much. Reyes is usually hurt. He's damaged goods. The Marlins should go after 3rd base man Aramis Ramirez and pitcher Buerle instead.

Timinwpb

As much as Albert has the star power, the statistical difference between Gaby and Albert isn't that far apart to spend that kind of money. That money could be used on Buerle and another starting pitcher in addition to Reyes, Cepedes and Madson. They could even go after Sizemore on the cheap to allow him to rebuild his value

Smuggler's Blues

All I know is that they better spend some money to get some proven talent on this team.Over 100 mill payroll. Dont care about azzes in the seats. Care about W's on the left side of the column.

Glags

Yes but not for a team like the Marlins. Although I find it absolutely vulgar for any one person to demand that much money. How much money does someone really need.

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