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Marlins say their offer to Albert Pujols was “nowhere near” $275 million

Dec 9, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported yesterday that the Marlins’ final offer to Albert Pujols was $210 million for 10 years, but then later Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported their top proposal as $275 million.

Today team president David Samson vehemently denied Nightengale’s report, telling Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Marlins’ best offer was “nowhere near” $275 million and just slightly more than $200 million.

There’s been some speculation that the $275 million figure was floated by Pujols’ agent in an attempt to make it seem like he turned down more money to sign with the Angels for $254 million.

Whatever the case, the Marlins at least are saying they offered considerably less than the Angels and perhaps less than the Cardinals as well.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    There’s been some speculation that the $275 million figure was floated by Pujols’ agent in an attempt to make it seem like he turned down more money to sign with the Angels for $254 million.

    I can’t believe Mr. Lozano would do something like that. He seems like such a nice guy.

    • brucewaynewins - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      If that’s true it makes Lozano the biggest r tard when it comes to math ever. “Yes my client turned down $21 million dollars in straight up cash plus over $18 million in taxes he will lose just because he felt one possible playoff contender had a better chance to win than other playoff contender”

      That literally makes him sound like the biggest moron on the planet. No matter how you spin that he looks moronic. Toss the Cardinals and winning over cash into it and he likes even stupider.

      I’m so not looking forward to his negotiations with the Reds with Votto at the end of 2015.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    It’s all moot now.

    • bozosforall - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      Or in the case of the Cards fans…it’s all mood…as in they are in a very bad one.

  3. Kevin S. - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    While Lozano has an incentive to make it seem like they turned down a higher offer, Miami also has an incentive to deny that their higher offer was rejected.

    • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      The Feesh’s versions of their offers have been pretty consistent all the way through this process and no identifiable source anywhere close to the actual negotiations ever uncorked some of those monster numbers. All part of the fog of war. There’s no way they make room for any more improvements with a ridiculous offer even remotely approaching $275MM and they’ve also been pretty clear about what they wanted to do – and still want to do. They’re still looking for another top starter and one more impact bat. I didn’t buy the huge number yesterday – nor did I buy that they’re looking for the Fat Prince.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Come on Kevin…remove your Cubs hat so you can admit (unbiasedly)…the $275 was laughable.

      • Alex K - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        Kevin is a quite vocal Yankees fan…not sure why you think he is wearing a Cubs hat.

  4. randygnyc - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    There always 2 sides to a story and then the truth. Everyone has a reason to lie. The marlins, because they were spurned. A,bert’s camp, because they want to protect his integrity.

  5. bobwsc - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    if only the X-Files music accompanied that picture.

  6. SOBEIT - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Whatever…the deals are done. There are no backsies or do-overs…unless you are under the stern governing of well, Stern.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    I called bullshit went this “offer” was initially reported. The Marlins have been upfront with everything. I am actually suprised to learn it was $210 in lieu of the $220. It appears Lazano floated $220 to the Cardinals to get them to “match” it as (up to that point)…the Angels weren’t in the game.

    • tsi4431 - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      They haven’t been upfront with everything.

      http://mlb.sbnation.com/2011/12/9/2613668/miami-florida-marlins-sec-investigation-stadium

      • paperlions - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM

        That investigation is into the public officials that helped push through boondoggle stadium, not into the team.

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