The St. Louis Cardinals are believed to have upped their offer to free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols to 10-years, $220 million, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Cardinals previous offer to Pujols was given in February, just before the slugger broke off talks with the club about a potential extension in order to focus on training for the 2011 season. That deal was believed to be worth $198 million over nine years. The club was forced to adjust their offer to stay in the running for Pujols yesterday, however, after the Miami Marlins made a strong push for the three-time Most Valuable Player. It is believed the Marlins offered him a 10-year deal that had a value of over $200 million.
It was reported that as of last night Pujols had received offers from three teams with a value of $200 million or greater; the Marlins, Cardinals and one “mystery team.” According to the Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Cubs, who were once believed to be one of the top bidders for Pujols, are not believed to currently be the third highest bidder for his services. 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 Cardinals last season.