Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 12/6/11
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 guaranteed to closer Heath Bell, another $106 million to shortstop Jose Reyes and a possible outlay in the $225-250 million range — over an entire decade! — to Pujols if he accepts. Oh, and the Marlins are still in on pitcher C.J. Wilson and he could command anywhere from $85-100 million. I'm kidding with the Ponzi scheme quip, of course, but you do have to admit that there's a very Ed McMahonesque quality to the "You may already be a winner" money packets the Marlins are floating out there. Once baseball's most notorious cheapskates, the Marlins are turning these meetings in Dallas into those cash booths they used ...
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