Updated - 11:51 AM: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has confirmed the 10-year offer to Albert Pujols and says that the team is currently working through issues on a no-trade clause.
Originally Posted - 11:45 AM: The Miami Marlins have reportedly made free-agent Albert Pujols a 10-year offer, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. It is unclear the monetary value of the proposed contract.
Pujols, 31, is considered by many to be the top free-agent on the market this Winter. The slugging first baseman hit .299/.366/.541 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI for the St. Louis Cardinals last season. The Marlins are believed to be in a three-horse race for Pujols’ services with the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.
It has been reported that the Cubs gave Pujols an offer yesterday, however it is believed that president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is not willing to give a 10-year-deal to the slugger due to his age. The Cardinals offered Pujols an extension prior to the 2011 season that was believed to be worth upwards of $200 million, it is unknown if they have increased their offer to the first-baseman since February, however. The Marlins have made a big splash in free-agency so far this winter, having already signed National League batting champion Jose Reyes to a six-year $106 million deal and close Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million contract.