Albert Pujols gets final offer from Miami Marlins
Gee, Albert Pujols is sure in a tough spot. Which $200-million contract should he accept?
The three-time MVP is reportedly in the middle of deciding among three teams that have offered 10-year contracts worth more than $200 million.
The Miami Marlins offered him a 10-year deal that bettered the money in the St. Louis Cardinals' initial 10-year offer. The Cardinals have since come back and upped their monetary offer, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations who did not want to be identified. This led to the Marlins giving Pujols a final offer Wednesday morning.
Now, a mystery third team has entered the fray. Could that team be the Angels?
One condition Pujols wants in any deal is a no-trade clause, and the Marlins have a strict policy against that, which could be the hold up in a deal with them. But if you are the Marlins, and you have a chance to get a guy like Pujols, you need to be willing to bend the rules just a bit.
Their offer to Pujols comes after the they signed shortstop Jose Reyes to a six-year, $106-million deal and closer Heath Bell to a three-year $27-million deal.
St. Louis General Manager John Mozeliak confirmed his club increased its offer for the first time since Pujols rejected a nine-year proposal for about $195 million in January, USA Today reported.
Mozeliak said he was "hopeful" and that he expected a decision would come quickly.
"There has been no hard deadline set, but I do get the sense they're going to move this thing forward, sooner than later," he said.
Pujols, who will turn 32 next month, hit .299 last season with 37 homers and 99 RBIs and led the Cardinals to their second World Series title since 2006.
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Albert Pujols. Credit: Jeff Haynes / Reuters