Free-Agent Pujols Receives Offer From Marlins

4 years 11 months 1 week ago November 12, 2011 Nov 12, 2011 Saturday, November 12 2011 Saturday, November 12, 2011 4:19:00 PM CST in Baseball
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI, FL (AP) A surprising visit by Albert Pujols is sending the message: The Miami Marlins will be a much different franchise than the Florida Marlins.

Pujols began his free-agent tour Friday when he was courted in Miami by the Marlins, only hours before they officially changed their name during a ceremony at their new ballpark. Pujols had lunch with team officials, checked out the stadium and received a contract offer.

The notoriously thrifty franchise, suddenly in the mood for a spending spree, declined to disclose details of the proposal. Free agents Jose Reyes and left-hander Mark Buehrle also received offers after taking ballpark tours earlier this week.

The 31-year-old Pujols is a free agent for the first time after spending his first 11 major league seasons with St. Louis.

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