You have surely heard the rumors by now. The Miami Marlins are not satisfied enough with the signings of Heath Bell and Jose Reyes. No, the Marlins want to become the New York Yankees of the South. People doubted the Marlins when they said they would make a big free agent splash. They already made their splash, and now someone has to eat a kitten.
If you are still clueless about what I am talking about, or you live under a rock. The Marlins have been reportedly pushing very aggressively to sign Albert Pujols to their already talented team. If you are still in the camp that the Marlins are just going after Pujols for a publicity stunt, guess what, the St. Louis Cardinals are not buying that anymore. The Cardinals now see the Marlins as a legitimate threat to steal Pujols away from them. If the Marlins were to add Pujols, they also have to make sure super star Hanley Ramirez is on board. If the Marlins can not get Ramirez on board to play third base next season, one NL executive told Jayson Stark this:
"“But it all depends how it fits together,” one NL East exec said Monday. “Is Hanley going to buy in or not? Does he want to play third base or not? Because if he doesn’t, he could mess up the whole thing.”"
"“I talked to Reyes. I said, ‘Thank you for being a part of this, a piece of the puzzle. But the puzzle is about Hanley Ramirez,’”"
The Marlins are dodging questions about whether or not Hanley has agreed to be the Marlins third baseman once the season begins. Speculation is running rampant that the Marlins may even put their unhappy superstar on the trading block. This makes no sense to me personally, as trading Ramirez would in no way improve the team. An argument for a Hanley trade is that the Marlins would get quite a hefty package in return, but remember, Ramirez is coming off his worst season of his career, by far, and is recovering from shoulder surgery. Ramirez’s trade value could not be any lower.
The Marlins met with Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano, Monday morning. The Marlins then held another meeting with Lozano later that day. Lozano and the Marlins refused to give away any details of what transpired in those meetings. The Chicago Cubs met with Pujols’ agent as well. The Cardinals also had a double dip with Lozano.
While the Cubs maintain interest, reports on Sunday night surfaced that if the Pujols would leave St. Louis, he would be taking his talents to South Beach. (Yes, I know that phrase is overused, but I could not resist.)
That is all the updates I have for you today on the Pujols front. More will be posted as it comes in. Please stay tuned to MarlinManiac for all updates.
I will leave you guys with this quote by Jack McKeon
"“I keep asking these guys,” McKeon quipped Monday, “‘How come as soon as I leave, you start bringing in all these players?'”"
UPDATE: The Marlins have made a 10-year offer to Albert Pujols. More details to come soon. This surpasses the offer in years that the Cards have offered Pujols. No information available about how much money the Marlins have offered.