The lucrative offer that was reportedly proposed to Albert Pujols by the Miami Marlins was worth less than $200 million, according to Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post. Earlier rumors that the club had offered the three-time Most Valuable Player a $225 million deal now appear to be untrue.
The Marlins have been active so far in the offseason as part of their re-branding effort. The team, who moves into a new stadium next season, has reportedly also made lucrative offers to free-agents Jose Reyes, Mark Burhle, and Ryan Madson, and have met with the agents of C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt.
Pujols has re-engaged with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to reports, after having previously broken off negotiation talks at a self-imposed Feb. 16 deadline. The Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, and Washington Nationals are also believed to be in the market for Pujols. In 2011 the first baseman hit .299/.366/.541 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI. It marked the first time in his 11-year career that the former MVP had failed to hit at least .300 and at least 100 RBI. It was also the first time since 2002 that he posted an on-base percentage below .400. The nine-time All-Star however is still considered to be one of the best hitters in the game by many.