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Report: Marlins increase their offer to slugger Pujols to 10 years

Associated Press / December 7, 2011
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Already having landed closer Heath Bell and shortstop Jose Reyes, the Miami Marlins have made a 10-year offer to the biggest prize on the free agent market, first baseman Albert Pujols, baseball sources told ESPN the Magazine’s Buster Olney yesterday.

The latest pitch was said to be an increase over the nine-year proposal the Marlins made in their first meeting with Pujols.

According to other reports, the Cubs spoke to Pujols’s agent, Dan Lozano, Monday and made a qualifying offer. The Cardinals, the only team the three-time MVP Pujols has played for, said yesterday from the winter meetings in Dallas that they submitted a new offer to keep Pujols. Agents for other players said they had heard the Angels were bidding, too.

The signings of All-Stars Reyes and Bell come as the Marlins prepare to open the 2012 season in a new ballpark.

Santos to Jays

The White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays, the organization where he spent three seasons trying to make the majors as a shortstop. Toronto gave up pitching prospect Nestor Molina to acquire the 28-year-old Santos. Santos had 30 saves in 36 chances this year, going 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 63 games. The 28-year-old righty fanned 92 in 65 1/3 innings . . . The Twins traded pitcher Kevin Slowey to the Rockies for a player to be named. Slowey, 27, went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA last season and was 39-29 with a 4.66 ERA in five seasons with the Twins . . . People familiar with the deals said the Mets traded center fielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco and signed free agent relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. The Mets received outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez for Pagan.

Dress code set

Baseball became the first major pro league in North America to issue dress guidelines for media members, putting them in writing at the winter meetings. Starting next season, the no-wear list includes visible undergarments, muscle shirts, or anything with a team logo . . . The Baseball Writers’ Association of America award announcements will be televised for the first time in 2012. Results of voting for Most Valuable Players, Cy Young Awards, Rookies of the Year, and Managers of the Year will be broadcast on the MLB Network . . . Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott became the first Canadian writer to win the Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

Judge rules

A judge in Los Angeles refused to grant Lenny Dykstra a temporary restraining order against Daniel Herman, who the ex-big leaguer claims is threatening his finances and freedom . . . Lawyers for Barry Bonds are arguing for probation when MLB’s career home run leader is sentenced for obstruction of justice later this month in San Francisco.

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