Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the Miami Marlins will offer Albert Pujols a 10 year contract. The Marlins are serious about increasing their payroll as they have already added All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell to the team along with former World Series winning manager Ozzie Guillen. The money numbers on the offer have not been released, but an average of between 20 and 25 million per year is probably the answer.
I’m not sold on giving Pujols a 10 year contract. First off, he’d be 41 when the contract ends so the contract would have to be front-loaded, unless you think Pujols is the next Barry Bonds. Second of all, no one is really sure how old Pujols actually is. He will supposedly be 32 at the start of next season, but he could easily be 33 or 34. The Marlins must be sure about his age before giving him such a lavish contract.
The Marlins wanted to make a splash this off-season and they have. Adding Pujols alongside of Reyes and Hanley Ramirez gives them three All-Stars in the infield. It would also allow them to flip incumbent first baseman Gaby Sanchez for pitching.
The Pujols bonanza is far from over, but it is certainly starting to heat up.