Found December 05, 2011 on STLSportsMinute:
Just a few days after the Miami Marlins made a splash in the free agent market by signing closer Heath Bell, the Marlins were back at it again.  On Sunday night it was announced that the Marlins had come to terms on a six year, $106 million contract with free agent shortstop Jose Reyes. Many believed that after unveiling new uniforms and changing their name to the Miami Marlins months before opening their branch new ballpark in Little Havana that the Marlins were just creating chatter when they publicly revealed their interest in Reyes and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.  Some speculated that the Marlins really were not interested in signing Reyes or Pujols and just wanted to create fan interest in anticipation for next season  If the past week has taught us anything, it is that the Miami Marlins are not bluffing.  And since the Marlins are not bluffing, it should not come as a surprise that Jayson Stark of is reporting that the Marlins are still i...

MLB Winter Meetings Day 2 Live Blog: C.J. Wilson, Albert Pujols Among Big Names Yet to Sign

7 a.m. ET: The first day of the MLB winter meetings came and went without too much activity, especially in terms of big names. Will the hot stove heat up during the meetings' second day? All of the marquee names are still on the table, and there are plenty of questions to be answered. Does C.J. Wilson really have a six-year deal from someone, and if he does, why hasn't he...

Albert Pujols Rumors: Monday

The Cardinals have yet to modify their January proposal to Albert Pujols, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  That was a nine-year offer worth about $22MM per year, so only eight years remain.  Strauss believes the offer included significant deferred money, as does the Marlins' current nine-year proposal.  The Cubs' interest in Pujols is viewed skeptically...

Cardinals, Marlins - and Cubs? - in Play for Pujols

The Cardinals badly want to retain Albert Pujols, but they have competition from the Miami Marlins -- and perhaps from their main rivals, the Chicago Cubs.

Tuesday Hot Stove Rumors: Marlins offer 10-year deal to Pujols

Here's the running list of Tuesday rumors from the Winter Meetings: – The Miami Marlins have offered a ten-year deal to free agent Albert Pujols. (Jon Heyman, Sports Illustrated) Image by Barbara Moore under the Creative Commons License.

Report: Marlins offer Albert Pujols a 10-year contract

So there's gotta be a Ponzi scheme behind all of this, right? According to an overnight tweet from Jon Heyman, the Miami Marlins have upped their contract offer to Albert Pujols to 10 years. The two sides met not once, but twice on Monday, Scott Miller of CBS Sports reports, but a decision does not appear imminent. So if you're keeping score at home, that's $27 million...

Meetings: Marlins Head Day One

DALLAS, Texas-- Right-handed pitcher Heath Bell was announced Monday as the most recent addition to the Miami Marlins. How will he and big-name Jose Reyes impact the organization in 2012? And who else could join them? Scout's MLB Expert Frankie Piliere joins Erin Hartigan to chop it all up.

Report: Marlins Up Offer to Pujols

Having already signed closer Heath Bell and shortstop Jose Reyes to big contracts this offseason, the Miami Marlins are targeting the most prominent free agent on the market: Albert Pujols. ESPN reported Tuesday that the team has extended a 10-year offer to the Cardinals' first baseman. It is not known how much the Marlins are willing to pay for Pujols, who turned down a 9-year...

Florida holds the keys to some of the Cubs’ offseason plans

DALLAS ­— As the $200 million question involving Albert Pujols’ South Beach or St. Louis decision crept into the late-night hours Tuesday, some of the Cubs’ bigger ideas for the offseason crept along in the shadows. Not that the Cubs have been anywhere near real discussions for the Cardinals’...

Hot Stove Recap: Nationals out on Pujols & Fielder

Here is the latest, relevant hot stove buzz circulating around the Winter Meetings: The Nationals will not be a factor for free-agent first basemen Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder. The Diamondbacks have extended a contract offer to Joe Saunders. The Reds are interested in free-agent reliever Octavio Dotel and Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens. The Dodgers signed Jerry Hairston...

Padres to be prudent in search for closer

On the day three-time All-Star closer Heath Bell officially became a member of the Marlins, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes reiterated to reporters that the team's primary need is finding Bell's replacement.

First Big Free Agent Splash

There was no “decision” on ESPN. Mets fans aren’t burning jerseys in the streets. None of the billboards in Time Square are being ripped down. In fact, the news came quietly on a night when most sports fans were glued to the NFL or their Fantasy Football teams. But another star is coming to Miami. No offense to Joe Nathan or Heath Bell, but Jose Reyes was the first big name...

Something's fishy _ Marlins become big players

DALLAS (AP) - Jeffrey Loria watched the news conference from the second row, beaming like a proud parent as Heath Bell talked about his new love for the Miami Marlins and reuniting with Jose Reyes.Trying to make a quick getaway, the owner was surrounded by reporters in the corridor who ...
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