MLB notes: Pujols next for Marlins?
By QMI Agency
|Albert Pujols fields a bunt by Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Miss., Oct. 28, 2011. (JEFF HAYNES/Reuters)
The Miami Marlins, fresh off of signing free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell, met Monday with Albert Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano.
The Miami officially signed right-handed pitcher Bell to a three-year contract Monday.
The deal includes an option for 2015.
Bell, 34, was 3-4 with a 2.44 earned-run average and 43 saves in 64 outings for the San Diego Padres this past season.
Since becoming a full-time closer in 2009, Bell leads the league with 132 saves, recording at least 42 in three seasons in a row.
He has gone 28-24 with a 3.06 ERA and 134 saves in 435 career games with the New York Mets and Padres.
The Marlins on Sunday night committed $106 million to Reyes over six seasons. Team owner Jeffrey Loria said the Marlins will smooth the transition to third base for shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Pujols, a slugging first baseman, is expected to be seeking more than $20 million a season. The St. Louis Cardinals are said to be keen to retain him.
FORMER ATTENDANTS CLAIM ASSAULT
Two men who were teenage clubhouse attendants for the Boston Red Sox during the 1990s claim they were sexually assaulted by the team's clubhouse manager.
They have notified the Red Sox they are seeking $5 million each in damages.
The clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, died in 2005 at age 76.
In 2003, the team settled a $3.15-million lawsuit with seven Florida men who alleged Fitzpatrick molested them during spring training during the 1970s, the Boston Globe reported.
Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty in 2002 in Florida to four counts of attempted sexual battery and was serving a 10-year suspended sentence and 15 years probation when he died.
PHILS, ROLLINS TALK ... SORT OF
The Philadelphia Phillies want to re-sign veteran Jimmy Rollins but are balking at the free-agent shortstop's demand for a five-year contract.
A recent meeting between Rollins' agent and the Phillies "did not go all that well," CSNPhilly.com reported.
The team wants a shorter term than five years because Rollins is 33.