MLB notes: Pujols gets another monster offer
By QMI Agency
|St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols reacts after flying out against the Texas Rangers during the third inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis, Missouri, October 27, 2011. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)
The Miami Marlins have offered free-agent Albert Pujols a 10-year deal worth more than $200 million, MLB.com reported Tuesday.
First baseman Pujols, a key part of the World Series-winning Cardinals, has been offered a nine-year deal, reported to be worth $195 million, to remain in St. Louis.
Pujols, who turns 32 in January, is the biggest name in the free-agent market -- a nine-time all-star and three-time National League MVP.
Marlins officials have met with Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, at baseball's winter meetings in Dallas.
Traditionally a low-budget outfit, the Marlins are spending big as they get set for their first season at a new downtown Miami park. Already they have signed shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell, both all-stars.
SOX WIN BID FOR SHORTSTOP
The Boston Red Sox were reportedly the highest bidders for Seibu Lions shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, giving them an exclusive 30-day window to work out a deal with him.
Nakajima's winning bidder wasn't to be revealed on Wednesday, but Sports Nippon is reporting the Red Sox posted the highest amount.
Nakajima, who represented Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic, is a .302 career hitter in Japan and has managed at least 16 home runs and 15 stolen bases in each of the past four seasons.
The 29-year-old Nakajima hit .297 in 2011 with 16 home runs, 100 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
The New York Mets were also believed to be vying for his services.
Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig has had surgery on his right knee, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He isn't expected to be ready for the start of the 2012 season ... The Colorado Rockies acquired pitcher Kevin Slowey from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named. Slowey, 27, went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in 2011 and missed significant time with an abdominal strain ... The Los Angeles Dodgers signed right-handed starter Aaron Harang to a two-year deal worth a reported $12 million. Harang, 32, had a bounce-back season with the San Diego Padres, going 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA. He had just 18 wins in his three previous seasons ... The Boston Red Sox re-signed left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller to a one-year deal. Once a top prospect, Miller was 6-3 with a 5.54 ERA in 17 games (12 starts) last season ... The Texas Rangers announced Tuesday they would be hosts to the Mexico City Red Devils of the triple-A Mexican League for an exhibition game April 3 at Rangers Ballpark.