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Reports: Marlins offer 10 years to Pujols

    DALLAS -- Just when you think the Marlins can't possibly make any more noise, they rattle the baseball world again. At least two sources were reporting late Monday that the Marlins, hungry to reel in the biggest fish out there, upped their offer to Albert Pujols to 10 years.

     Yes, you read right. TEN years, or enough to keep the paychecks coming until he's 42. Twice they met with Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, on Monday. And they are expected to sit down with Lozano again today as they try to woo Pujols away from the Cardinals, whose fans are becoming increasingly nervous.

      "Pujols is next," a trusted baseball man told me yesterday after the Marlins put a ceremonial cap and jersey top on closer Heath Bell. "And (Mark) Buehrle and (C.J.) Wilson, too. They're in big on all three. You heard it here first."

      I have a REAL hard time believing that, in addition to Bell and Jose Reyes, whom they've already landed, the Marlins have the resources to unload a Brinks trunk on Pujols AND Buehrle AND Wilson. But the guy insists its possible.

      Consider: with the signings of Reyes and Bell, the Marlins have already committed $70-75 million to eight players in 2012, depending on how Reyes' contract is structured. Add in another $12 to $15 million for the five arbitration players they'll likely keep (Anibal Sanchez, Emilio Bonifacio, Edward Mujica, Burke Badenhop and Chris Volstad). That brings the total to about $82-90 million. That still leaves a dozen players needed to fill out the roster. Sure, some of those (Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton, for example) remain cheap. But if you're going to add a Pujuls and his $20 million and Buehrle and his $15 million, you're talking eight zeroes, easily topping $100 million.

      This is all owner Jeffrey Loria. He's calling all the shots, running the show, and -- yes -- emptying the team's coffers on pricy players they never before imagined. He's sitting in on all the meetings, with Lozano and every other agent, and making the sales pitches. He traveled to the Dominican Republic last month to eyeball Yoenis Cespdes and was in on the recent visits to South Florida by Pujols, Reyes, Buehrle and Wilson.

       Someone asked Loria yesterday if he was serious about all this. His response: "I'm a serious man."

       So now comes Day 2 of the winter meetings. Hold on to your seats.

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FIUJM

Wow, gotta love the aggressiveness from Loria. It's obvious he wants a winner.

BigD

10 years!?!? This is insane. Not sure if I agree with it. A lot of money for someone who is up in age. I understand why it's been offered to Pujols, but this can backfire real quick. How motivated can he stay for the next 10 years.

K-Man

Pujols is going to be overpriced. I like him for 6 yrs. 10 yrs is a waste of money. We are better of locking up CJ Wilson and Buherle. We def need another outfielder. How has Hanley reacted to the Reyes signing?

Bob Greasy

Wow!

j edgar

Loria is spending the money before the SEC gets it's hands on it...

bob

Oh well, at least we Marlins fans will know what it's like to have a big budget team for one, maybe two or three seasons.

Flav C

Before i forget: Clark, congrats for the excellent coverage of the meetings.

You're Killing Me Smalls

If Hanley is going to pout at playing with this potential line-up (adding Pujols and maybe Cespedes) I say trade him. Send him with Volstadt and a prospect for King Felix from Seattle. Then let Dominguez and his weak bat play gold-glove defense and clog the #8 spot in the line-up, he can save us a run a game with his D making up for his batting struggles. Then move Gaby Sanchez (again if we get Pujols) for another arm. Would the A's take Gaby, prospect, and Nunez for Gio?

pimienta

Yes, Pujol is in, the deal is $20mills for 6 years, $10 mills for 4 years.
the balance of $60 mills to be paid after retirement, for 20 years at $3 millis a year

BET CHAAAt

Ha

Please pimienta... that could be a good guess, but don't try passing off that you're the only one in the sports world that knows these details.

pimienta

Hey Ha,
Prove me wrong,I would say the newa will hit
by 7PM tonight.

Paul

Albert would take the Marlins to the World Series, but after the fish when it, do they peddle Pujols to the Cubs for Soriano and cash?

pimienta

Why Pujol will sign with the Marlins no Florida state income tax, Mo. state income tax plus federal income tax, will take close to $9 mills a year out of $22 mills.
If he deffer a big part of the $220 mills.
of the income taxes, the taxes will be a lot lower.
remember this is his last MLB contract,
he know that after this deal ($$$)no more money, Baby

Ha

@pimienta... there, satisfied? You were wrong. Pujols is not in. Believe whatever spin you want to... just after the reports that Pujols agent called the Marlins and told them they were out, the Marlins put a presser out that said they had pulled their offer.

Who knows which came first, but who really cares. Pujols is most definitely NOT IN. Thanks for playing though.

As I said in my first response, good guess... but fail.

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