The Marlins thought Pujols might agree on Monday, knowing their offer blew away the Cardinals’ deal. Maybe it would have happened. But another team stepped in and ruined Miami’s plans. The team, which refuses to be publicly identified, offered Pujols a 10-year, $225 million deal. Pujols was intrigued. If he didn’t return to St. Louis, this team might be the perfect fit.
Then on Tuesday the Cardinals offered Pujols a contract potentially worth $210 million but for nine years, with a 10th-year option that would kick in if he met performance thresholds. It was an improvement over their previous proposals but still short of what else was on the table.
Still Pujols wanted to return to St. Louis.
It was at this time that Pujols eliminated the Marlins, and by late Tuesday it was a two-team race between the Cardinals and the mystery team. A few hours later, though, the phone rang in Lozano’s suite, and it was Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto wanting to talk.
So the mystery team served to knock the Marlins out of the picture, and kept things moving long enough for the Angels to get involved. I wonder what team was attractive enough to Pujols that their $225M was more attractive than Miami’s $270-300.
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