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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Report: Albert Pujols gets 10-year contract offer from Marlins


Can the Fish hook the biggest star on the market? (Eric Gay - AP)
The Miami Marlins have already accomplished a lot this offseason. They have a new name and logo, a sparkling new stadium, a charismatic new manager, a reliable new closer and a speedy new shortstop.

But the team is not done making moves just yet. Now they’re trying to lure the best first baseman in the game to South Beach, too.

Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday that the Marlins have offered Albert Pujols a 10-year contract. The money involved in the offer has not been disclosed.

The offer trumps the nine-year, $195 million contract the St. Louis Cardinals offered their star slugger before the season.

Miami has already dished out $133 million in free agency — former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes signed for six years and $106 million and former Padres closer Heath Bell cashed in for $27 million over three years.

From the sounds of it, the Marlins are trying to wrap up the signing as quickly as possible, but a key point in the deal could be Pujols’ reported interest in a no-trade clause — a perk the ballclub did not offer Reyes.

In addition to the Cardinals, Miami will also face competition from Chicago and others. Cubs new general manager Theo Epstein confirmed that the team had spoken to agent Dan Lozano, who represents the nine-time All-Star and others.

Pujols hit below .300 and failed to reach 100 RBI for the first time in his career last season. But his stats in a relative down year by his standards — .299, 37 home runs, 99 RBI, World Series ring — continue to show just how valuable an addition he would be to any team.

Perennial sellers, the Marlins are taking quite the pinstripe-style approach to free agency this winter. But can they win the Pujols sweepstakes?

Where will Albert Pujols end up?

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