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Marlins Offer 10-Yr, $200M-Plus

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St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols pumps his fist after the defeating the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3 in Game 3 in the NLCS at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 12, 2011.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols pumps his fist after the defeating the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3 in Game 3 in the NLCS at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 12, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The Miami Marlins keep making the biggest news at Baseball’s Winter Meetings to reel in baseball’s biggest fish on the free agent market as they have made a reported 10-year, $200 million-plus offer to Albert Pujols. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Marlins reportedly have the largest offer on the table.

There is no indication that the Cardinals have countered or adjusted their last known offer, which was a 9-year, $198 million deal that was rejected last February.  MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that Pujols will give the Cardinals every opportunity to reach a deal.

Tuesday, agent Dan Lozano met with the Marlins once again after meeting with them twice on Monday. Perhaps the biggest aspect of the Marlins negotiations with Pujols’ agent is the issue of a no-trade clause. However, Marlins president David Samson was reported saying on Tuesday afternoon that the club’s 10-year offer to first baseman Albert Pujols does not include a no-trade clause.

That may be the breaking point in these negotiations, but more years plus more money was the desire by Pujols and his agent.

If the Marlins pull off the deal, they would have spent more money over the last week than their franchise has invested in the past nine years. Along with closer Heath Bell and shortstop Jose Reyes, the Marlins could be looking at a total somewhere in the range of $400 million.

EARLIER STORY:

The Miami Marlins continue to be aggressive in their pursuit of three-time MVP Albert Pujols at Baseball’s Winter Meetings by making a 10-year offer worth an undisclosed amount. Monday, agent Dan Lozano met with the Marlins twice while the Cardinals met him once, but are expected to reconvene with the super agent on Tuesday.

Perhaps the biggest aspect of the Marlins negotiations with Pujols’ agent is the issue of a no-trade clause. Pujols’ group would like to give their client the advantage to reject any trades that could be made in the future, especially 5-10 years down the road.

The Florida state tax is a big sell for the Marlins franchise, but the most important thing for Dan Lozano continues to be getting the money and length of contract desired by his client.

The Cardinals last publically known offer was a 9-year, $198 million deal that was rejected last February.

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