It looks like the Miami sports community has learned from its mistakes; after assuming that signing all the best players would win them a championship in basketball, Miami has taken a different route with the Marlins and will be signing all the best players to win them a championship in baseball. The play-by-play, from birther John Heyman:
hearing #Marlins boosted offer to pujols to 10 years, matching arod’s in length. they are obvs pushing hard.
everybody should have been convinced after reyes for $106M, but this is no publicity stunt by #marlins. #pujols, #perfect10
#marlins strong pursuit of pujols realistically has winnowed the field for pujols to them and incumbent #cardinals.
Cardinals have been resistant to upgrade pujols bid. With marlins strong push, they have tough decision to make.
Yes, they do, almost as tough a decision as whether or not to write the phrase “winnowed the field” anywhere on your Twitter.
As Heyman notes, this 10-year offer to the secretly-31-and-a-half-year old Pujols comes on the heels of the 6-year, 106 million deal for Jose Reyes, so we need to go ahead and get comfortable with the Miami Marlins being a thing … at least a bloated, gangly thing that smells like a National Leagues Red Sox and looks hilarious finishing behind Aramis Ramirez (or whoever) and the Phillies next season.