Angels join in bidding for Pujols
Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 7:02 pm
By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) — Albert Pujols will get a huge contract, there’s no doubt. But the team that will sign the three-time NL MVP remains unclear.
Will it be St. Louis, the team he’s helped to two World Series titles in six seasons?
The new-look Miami Marlins, whose newfound riches from their new ballpark are dominating the free-agent market?
The Los Angeles Angels, until now in the background?
“He’s not the only guy,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said Tuesday, trailed by media whenever he walked the hallways.
Baseball’s new Big Fish were the talk of the winter meetings, with teams wondering how close the Marlins were to an agreement with Pujols on a deal that could be worth $200 million or more over 10 years.
St. Louis said it submitted a new offer Tuesday to keep Pujols. Agents for other players said they had heard the Angels were bidding, too.
Traditional big spenders such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were reduced to spectators.
“They have a new stadium. They’re excited about it, and it’s good for baseball,” former Marlins and current Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “They had hoped that they’d get the new stadium and they would be able to do those types of things. Our roster is pretty set. We have a lot of guys that are on long-term deals. That’s why maybe there’s not a lot happening for us.”
When the winter meetings were at the same hotel in 2005, Paul Lo Duca, Juan Pierre and Todd Jones followed Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, Guillermo Mota, Carlos Delgado and Luis Castillo out of Florida as the Marlins cut payroll from $56 million to $21 million.
Now they’re a different kind of team. Having already reached deals with All-Star closer Heath Bell ($27 million for three years) and All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes ($106 million for six), the Marlins’ interest in Pujols is real.
Published in The Messenger 12.7.11