Albert Pujols Marlins Rumors & the 5 Craziest Rumors from MLB Winter Meetings
Whenever all 30 Major League Baseball teams have their executives gather in one place there will inevitably be a number of rumors that come out of the meetings. The 2011 MLB Winter Meetings are no exception.
There have been a number of crazy rumors that have been reported throughout the meetings and one can only imagine how many discussions there were that have not even been brought to the light.
Here are some of the craziest rumors that have been reported from the Winter Meetings. While they are crazy, some of them could actually turn into real deals.
Albert Pujols to the Miami Marlins
After adding Jose Reyes, the Miami Marlins might not be done reeling in big fish. They are making a push to sign Albert Pujols. What was once thought as a pipe dream may slowly be becoming a reality.
The Marlins have offered Pujols a 10-year deal worth more than $200 million, but the exact terms are not known at this time. As a result of the most recent offer and Pujols' meetings with the Marlins, the chances of him signing with the team have increased significantly.
Miami is expecting to hear a decision from Pujols soon according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald.
CJ Wilson Could Go to Miami as Well
Did the New York Yankees move down to Miami? The Miami Marlins seem to be willing to spend like the team that currently has the highest payroll in baseball.
In addition to signing Jose Reyes and their interest in Albert Pujols, the Marlins are also making a strong push for C.J Wilson according to Jon Paul Morosi. If the Marlins bring in both Pujols and Wilson, they are immediately championship contenders.
A Possible Huston Street for Edinson Volquez Deal
This seems like a deal that would get proposed in a fantasy baseball league and then immediately get rejected. However, the deal appears to have some legs.
Sure Edinson Volquez struggled in 2011 following two injury plagued seasons, but he was an All-Star in 2008 and was on his way to becoming an elite starter before he got hurt. Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post says that the player's mismatched salaries are part of what is holding up any potential deal.
The Prince Fielder Market Is Shrinking
There were many people who argued that Prince Fielder was actually a better option on the free agent market than Albert Pujols. Even if that is the case, it certainly has not helped Fielder gain suitors this winter.
Apparently, the market for Fielder is shrinking according to Tom Haudricourt. Sources indicate that the levels of interest for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles, all teams thought to be interested in Fielder, are dropping or are unlikely destinations.
Mets and Tigers Disccusing a Deal That Involes Daniel Murphy and Andy Dirks
According to Joel Sherman, the New York Mets have had a few teams contact them about Daniel Murphy. He figures to be one of the players that will be competition for the second base role in New York next year but the Mets are open to trading him.
It was also mentioned that the Mets are interested in the Detroit Tigers' Andy Dirks as a potential replacement for Angel Pagan. Murphy is a better player than Dirks so making a move like this does not make too much sense for the team.