The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have landed the two biggest players left on the free agent market. They landed the top hitter available in Albert Pujols. Pujols signed a 10-year deal worth north of $250 million. The Miami Marlins top offer was believed to be 10-years $220 million. Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the Marlins offered ten years and $275MM. If Nightengale is correct, the Marlins offer would have tied the largest contract in baseball history with Alex Rodriguez. If you ask me, the Marlins lucked
The Angels also signed another Marlins target, C.J. Wilson. His deal is reportedely worth 5-years $75 million. Initial reports according to Joe Frisaro, the Marlins offer topped out at 6-years $80 million. Agent Bob Garber told Ken Rosenthal Wilson could “easily” have gotten $100MM, but the Marlins “would not let it go.” Said Wilson: “But if it were just about money I’d be a Marlin, straight up, because they offered more money, they have a great situation.”
The Angels with these two moves have outspent the Marlins with their 3 signings. More to come on the Marlins and what their next move maybe later.
According to MLB Network, the Marlins are now making a hard run after Prince Fielder. However, Ken Rosenthal disputed this. So are the Marlins done? As of right now, are they a playoff team? I will take a look at this tomorrow.