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Marlins to meet with Albert Pujols “within the next few days”

Nov 10, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

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Finally, some news to pass along concerning this offseason’s top free agent: Albert Pujols.

According to MLB.com’s Matthew Leach, the 31-year-old first baseman is scheduled to meet with Marlins officials in Miami “within the next few days.”

The meeting will probably be similar to the one that free agent shortstop Jose Reyes took part in earlier this week. He was given a tour of the Marlins’ nearly-finished ballpark in Little Havana and treated to a meal at the famous Joe’s Stone Crab.

Pujols has registered a .328/.420/.617 career batting line through his first 11 major league seasons and is already considered one of the greatest right-handed hitters in baseball history. He’s likely to command a free agent contract worth north of $200 million.

The Cardinals want Albert back badly and are considered by many to be the current favorite for his services, but they’re going to have some competition this winter and the Fish might represent a real threat.

It’s not known if the St. Louis front office has had contact with Pujols since the World Series parade.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    From the “Birds on the bat” to this?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Rainbow-bright-Miami-Marlins-new-uniforms-mayb?urn=mlb-wp26449

    That’ll take at least $300 million…

    • florida727 - Nov 11, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      Nothing but a leverage ploy. If the fish make an outlandish offer, it’ll be “leaked” so that the Cardinals know what he could get if he threatens to go elsewhere. If they low-ball him, you’ll only hear that the meeting “was productive for both sides” and you’ll never hear another word about it. They can’t draw flies to Marlins games. No way they can afford to pay Pujols. Albert, enjoy the brief vacation in south Florida. Take the kids. The beaches are awesome.

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:54 AM

        They can’t draw flies to Marlins games.

        +1000 XD

  2. presidentmiraflores - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Oh, Christ. Like this has a chance in hell of happening.

    But if you’re going to be serious about putting them in the seats and taking down the Phightins and Braves, go for it, Loria. I look forward to seeing a 34 year-old Albert on the trade market when the next fire sale starts.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    I just can’t get excited about this. Nothing personal, Albert, but really, if the Marlins bought you they’d cripple themselves financially for the length of your contract and beyond. Think the Rangers with A-Roid. I don’t see Scrooge McLoria being that crazy and I don’t see Mr. Family Values (after Joe Paterno, I mean) uprooting his family to move them here.

    • cur68 - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM

      pssst nice ARod diss. You might have saved your corrugated hide from the Corn People with that one. BTW, Len wants a word with you…

    • buddaley - Nov 11, 2011 at 5:03 AM

      There is considerable evidence that Alex Rodriguez’s contract with Texas did not hamper their ability to acquire complementary talent. It was their poor judgment on pitching, such as paying far too much to Chan Ho Park, that was the problem.

      Actually, Rodriguez was worth the money they paid him in terms of both his on-field performance and the value of his presence to ticket and ancillary sales. They got their money’s worth.

      • JBerardi - Nov 11, 2011 at 7:36 AM

        The whole idea of A-Rod-as-an-albatross in Texas is absurd. The guy played baseball just about as well as a human can play it for the Rangers, but one player simply can’t carry a baseball team. It’s just now how the sport works. If Texas had the farm system then that they had now — something that’s less about big budgets and more about good scouts and smart baseball people — and they’d been able to produce a Derek Holland instead of sign a Chan-Ho Park, A-Rod’s and his tenure with the Rangers would be viewed in a completely different light.

        Let me break it down for you:

        Rangers with A-Rod = Bad
        Rangers without A-Rod = Still bad!

        Rangers with Tom Hicks = Bad
        Rangers without Tom Hicks = Good!

      • paperlions - Nov 11, 2011 at 7:57 AM

        While most all of that is true….nearly every player on the Rangers team that went to the 2010 and 2010 WSs were acquired (drafted, signed, traded for) while Hicks owned the team.

      • 78mu - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        If A-Rod had played for the minimum it wouldn’t have helped the Rangers make better decisions about who they put on the mound. From what Hicks was spending I’m not sure there were any budget restraints.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      Well, the Rangers survived A-Rod’s contract and they’ve managed a pair of World Series appearances and new great owners. If this is the precedent Gator, one would think you’d be chomping at the bit for this type of signing! :)

  4. paperlions - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    It depresses me a little just that he is visiting another team.

    • Old Gator - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:16 PM

      Don’t lose any sleep over it. He has enough of a tan already and he isn’t going anywhere.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      Me too Paper (along with it making my stomach hurt).

  5. miketreedy - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    The Marlins would need to add an additional $20m just to overcome having to wear their new uniform everyday.

  6. cackalackyank - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    The fish have to make a show of this…..even if AP was going leave St. Louis…the contract that it is going to take to land him will not be “fire saleable”. The teams that could “buy” in that scenario are the same ones that would really have the resources to out bid St. Louis right now…and they are all pretty well set at first base. This is a low risk way way to let the folks that will come out to tour the new digs for the first couple home stands in 2012 know that “Hey we tried for the # 1 guy on the market, but he really just wanted to stay with the Cards, Sorry Miami.”

  7. alan3008 - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Ooooo. Are the Marlins going to try to buy another World Series?

  8. alan3008 - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    The Yankees are going to get him. That’s my bet.

    • cintiphil - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      After they said they have no interest in him? Even the Yankees are not stupid enough to have two all starts at the same position. What do they do with Mark! Oh yes, I suppose they can play Albert at Third Base, right?

  9. icanspeel - Nov 11, 2011 at 4:29 AM

    One has to wonder are the Marlins meeting with all the top free agents for publicity or do they actually plan to sign a big name free agent?

  10. dan1111 - Nov 11, 2011 at 6:24 AM

    I’m sure they’ll come to terms: Pujols gets a free trip to Florida, while the Marlins leadership get to meet an actual baseball star.

  11. cintiphil - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    How in the world can the Marlins afford Reyes and Albert at the same time? If Reyes goes to Miami, he will not be cheap.

    • henryd3rd - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      Correct me if I am wrong; but the last time I looked Hanley Ramairez was the Marlin’s starting shortstop? Why would they entertain signing Reyes who has a history of injuries when they already have a player who has a history of injuries and who is signed through 2014 and plays the same position?

      Then again nothing Loria and Sampson does should surprise anyone after they signed Ozzie. Having said that money talk$ and bull $hit walk$. How else can one explain why they are having all these free agent$ come to South Florida.

      • Ari Collins - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM

        Because Hanley is not a good SS, and there are several positions he could play better.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      I am hoping you are dead on Cincy…and Jose signs with them right away. They are going to figure out what to do with Hanley though. Move him to 2nd possibly?

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