Report: Marlins may have offered Albert Pujols 9 years, $225 million
If the Marlins don't get naming rights for their ballpark, maybe they can end up calling it The House that Pujols Built?
Buried in a Yahoo! column about Justin Verlander's MVP chances was this paragraph:"The Miami Marlins aren’t messing around," wrote columnist Tim Brown. "Their standing offer to Albert Pujols is believed to be for nine years. With a competitive average annual value (say $25 million), that’s $225 million, minimum, and that’s more than what the St. Louis Cardinals are believed to have offered in the spring. Is it possible that two weeks into November Pujols could already have what will be his best offer?"
I have no idea if that figure is correct. If it is, the Marlins could end up paying Pujols more than they contributed to the building of the new ballpark ($155 million), as first pointed out by @FishatBat on Twitter and seen by my colleague Juan Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, Marlins baseball operations president Larry Beinfest was asked last night about whether the team would pursue Prince Fielder if it can't get Pujols.
"I think we’re going to try to show interest in a lot of things," he said with a chuckle.
"I don’t know about anybody specifically but with the payroll increasing, I think it's our job to open up as many doors as we can and that make sense and try to do whatever we can to make the team better without killing the allocation in terms of performance in one area.
"I'm not going to answer your question directly, but we're looking for good players, period."
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