Albert Pujols Reportedly Offered a Nine-Year, $225 Million Contract By Marlins

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For a team that has had one of the lowest payrolls in the past few years and claimed they could only spend $155 million to build their own stadium, the Miami Marlins certainly seem to have a lot of money to be throwing around all of the sudden. After reports surfaced yesterday the team had offered Jose Reyes a $90 million, six-year contract, today comes a new report from Yahoo! Sports that claims the team has offered Albert Pujols a stratospheric $225 million contract for nine years. Update: Those rumored figures might not actually be true. 
The Miami Marlins aren't messing around. 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?

The Marlins also have offers out to Jose Reyes (Fox Sports reported six years, $90 million) and Mark Buehrle. Reyes also might have his best offer. ...
If these reports are to be believed, it seems they weren't messing around about upgrading their payroll once they got their new home. Pujols contract would average out to about $25 million a year. Lets put that in context: In 2006 the team's entire payroll was just about $15 million, in 2008 it was only $21.8 million. Pujols would be making more than the entire roster has made in recent years.

That contract would also make Pujols the highest paid athlete in town. He'd make more a year, in payroll at least, than the Heat's big three, and more than twice that of anyone on the Dolphins.

Of course, these numbers are all unconfirmed, but given what other teams may be offering players like Pujols and Reyes, they aren't unrealistic. Lets just hope this isn't some elaborate song-and-dance to give the illusion that the Fish are actually going to spend money as they promised.

Update: Seems that that high figure may not be true. The Herald's Marlins beat writer Clark Spencer tweets, "Marlins offer to Albert Pujols was for less than $200 million."

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Jorge Talmage
Jorge Talmage

ask the yankees about buying w.s. rings, you cant buy chemistry and it is a valuable piece of the championship puzzle.

Miamiarh
Miamiarh

MLB insiders believe that Pujols is really 34-35 years old...

Dave
Dave

He was developed physically as a high school player according to the HS coach, Many kids are that age, but when compared to the non althetic typical HS kid it gets blown out of porportion. Certain kids have athletic ability early and then build and work from there. Most kids that work out and try can play a HS sport, but most dont excell at that level. I believe his age is what they say it is, and he does work his heart out to be the best he can be. He is a great player, and I hope he stays a Cardinal, but he has to do what is best for him and his family. I have respect for him and his work ethic. He is a good person, and a great role model in the city of St. Louis

Johnj56
Johnj56

PHILLIES WILL TAKE IT ALL THIS YEAR.  MARLINS WILL STILL SUCK NA MATTER WHO THEY GET.

GO PHILLIES !!!

Jim Camp
Jim Camp

Teams that feign poverty and don't pay or reward those along the way, get apathy from who they screwed. Look at the Eagles, the Phillies offensively too. Dallas Cowboys and on and on. Even the Jets.

Henry_lopez3718
Henry_lopez3718

This is ridiculous ! How they gonna make that money back ? Thats just one player. Putting all our eggs in one basket " and I mean that literally" is an unsound decision.Going to a Marlins' game for a family of Four is gonna cost $ 450 ! ! ! ! We " taxpayers" are gonna be stuck with that bill.

Dave
Dave

As a Cardinals fan, I would hate to see Albert in anything but a Cards uniform, BUT 25-30 M a year would buy a whole lot of good pitching. Albert was .300/30/100. The young man that would benefit is Craig and he should produce .300/20/80. So is 20 RBI worth 20 M( the difference in cost). Albert says he wants to win, but even if hes in line up in Miami, hes looking up up Philly, Alanta, and Washington. He has to have a supporting cast, not to mention how many runs they produce, if the pitching gives it up the next inning. If Albert is good as his word, the only place that he can go is Atlanta, Washington, Texas, or Anahiem( in that order). Just my $.02

WasteOfMoney
WasteOfMoney

Stupid, he'll be over 40 in 9 years.

And they couldn't pay for a stadium....

Buddy Garrity
Buddy Garrity

This is not how you win; didn't work for the Texas Rangers in the Nineties

seep
seep

Good lord.

seep
seep

The 225 mil figure is inflated; they're not really offering him that much.

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