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Marlins Make 10-Year Offer to Pujols?

Dec 6, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

Multiple reports are now out that the Miami Marlins have made a 10-year offer to first baseman Albert Pujols. An exact dollar figure has not been confirmed, though the number $22 million per is getting tossed around quite a bit by the relevant baseball heads on Twitter.

Multiple reports are now out that the Miami Marlins have made a 10-year offer to first baseman Albert Pujols. An exact dollar figure has not been confirmed, though the number $22 million per is getting tossed around quite a bit by the relevant baseball heads on Twitter.

The news comes just hours after the signing of shortstop Jose Reyes, the trash-talking of closer Heath Bell and the rumblings that Miami might also be in play for Prince Fielder as option 1-A.

This is, more or less, completely antithetical to everything we’ve come to assume about the Marlin franchise. For proof, here’s Buster Olney:

If MIA signs Pujols to a salary of $22m, that would mean they would spend more on 3 players this winter than in total payroll last 9 years.
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Talks are now shifting to the extent of the contract’s potential no-trade clause. It should also be noted that the Chicago Cubs have made some sort of qualifying offer to Pujols, though few details are known.

Are Pujols, Reyes and Bell the new ‘Bron, Wade and Bosh? Will stadium workers have to drape blue t-shirts over seats in the playoffs to create the illusion that fans are in attendance?

The Miami Marlins? What happened?

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