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, $195 million contract extension from St. Louis before the 2011 season.
Florida was rumored to offer a 9-year deal for less money to Pujols in November. Besides the money, another sticking point in negotiations is likely to be a no-trade clause. Pujols wants one, but the Marlins are extremely loathe to give one to just about anybody.
Reyes' six-year deal is reported to not include such a clause, even though he too was seeking one.
If the Marlins can pull this one off, they will have a Big Three of Pujols, Reyes, and shortstop Hanley Ramirez that rivals that of the crosstown Miami Heat.