Pujols mulling Marlins' latest offer

Albert Pujols is mulling a new 10-year offer from the Marlins. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

Albert Pujols is mulling a new 10-year offer from the Marlins. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

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DALLAS - The Miami Marlins have reportedly upped their offer to first baseman Albert Pujols and the three-time National League MVP is now mulling that deal.

With the Marlins being so aggressive toward Pujols, it's essentially become a two-team race between them and the St. Louis Cardinals for his services.

Miami, which has already locked up closer Heath Bell and shortstop Jose Reyes, met with Pujols early on in the free agent process, offering him a nine-year deal that was believed to be less than what the Cardinals offered last spring.

However, Marlins officials met with Pujols' agent Dan Lozano on Monday and increased their offer to 10 years. Financial figures were not known, but it is believed to be more than the $22 million per year that was originally offered.

Pujols, who has spent his entire 11-year career with the Cardinals, had a sub-par season by his standards in 2011. He hit under .300 with fewer than 100 RBI for the first time in his career (.299, 99 RBI), while swatting 37 homers.

The 31-year-old Pujols is among the Cardinals' all-time leaders in numerous categories. His 445 career homers are just 30 shy of Stan Musial's club record, and he also ranks second to Musial in runs batted in, walks, extra-base hits, doubles, and total bases.

Harang agrees to deal with Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed right-handed starter Aaron Harang. Although financial details were not released, the pact is believed to be worth $12 million for two years and is pending a physical.

Harang enjoyed a terrific bounce-back season last year with the San Diego Padres, going 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 28 starts. He had won just 18 games in his three previous seasons with the Reds, including a 17-loss campaign in 2008.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Texas Rangers back in 1999, Harang broke into the majors in 2002 with the Oakland Athletics. For his career he is 95-94 with a 4.25 ERA in 268 games (262 starts) for the A's, Reds and Padres.

Harang's signing continues a very active offseason for the Dodgers, who are currently up for sale, but have already locked up outfielder Matt Kemp to a long-term extension, signed catcher Matt Treanor, infielders Jerry Hairston Jr., Adam Kennedy and Mark Ellis, and left-handed starter Chris Capuano.

The 33-year-old Harang gives the Dodgers a formidable rotation that is headed by NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Capuano are also part of the staff.

Twins send Slowey to Rockies

The Minnesota Twins have sent right-hander Kevin Slowey to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later following Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

Slowey endured a difficult 2011 campaign, as he battled numerous injuries and ended the year 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in 14 appearances (eight starts). He had been 13-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 30 games (28 starts) the previous season.

The 27-year-old Slowey, who is still arbitration eligible, is 39-29 with a 4.66 ERA in 100 career contests (90 starts) for Minnesota.

BBWAA awards coming to TV

The Baseball Writers Association of America voted on Tuesday to partner with MLB Network to create a series of shows based on their annual awards.

A vote of the BBWAA membership this morning approved a plan to televise the announcement of the group's signature awards -- the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards in each league.

The shows will be televised in November, the time the awards are normally announced.

In an effort to make the awards more television-friendly, the finalists for the awards will be unveiled in the week before the formal announcement. The top three vote-getters for the Rookie, Manager and Cy Young awards will then be revealed on MLB Network; the top five vote-getters for the two MVP awards will also be disclosed.

The winner will then be revealed at a later time with the player, team and public learning all at the same time for the first time during the telecast.

Rangers to host Mexican team in exhibition

The Texas Rangers announced that they will host an exhibition against the Mexico City Red Devils of the Triple-A Mexican League on Apr. 3 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

"The Mexico City Red Devils have a rich history of success," Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan said. "We are very pleased that we will be able to welcome their team to Arlington at the end of Spring Training."

The Red Devils, translated to "Diablos Rojos del Mexico," was the Mexican League's best 2011 regular-season team at 63-40 and advanced to the championship where they were swept in four games by the Quintana Roo Tigers.

Mexico City owns 15 Mexican League championships in its history, more than any other club.


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