Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/22/11
The ongoing subject of Albert Pujols’ age continues to make the papers, still without any substantiation. The 31-year-old free agent recently visited the Miami Marlins, the only club other than St. Louis yet to show public interest in signing him. Perhaps other teams are also kicking the tires, but they have not yet rolled out the red carpet. The Marlins not only hosted Pujols, they reportedly made him a contract offer. Despite some erroneous rumor reporting of a nine-year, $225 million proposal, most reputable sources indicate the deal presented was lower than the offer the Cardinals made last spring, probably $190 million or less. Why would the Marlins even bother to do that? One prime possibility is that with a new stadium is opening this coming spring, the club is trying desperately to stimulate fan interest in a team that has consistently drawn mediocre attendance totals despite being located one of the country’s most populated areas. There seems a lot of value in at least c...
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