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When Albert Pujols signed a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels worth $254 million, he actually left a lot of money on the table. As it turns out, the Miami Marlins offered Pujols more. A lot more.According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Marlins last offer to Pujols was for 10 years and $275 million, which would have matched Alex Rodriguez’ contract with the Yankees as the largest in baseball history. And if you consider that Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, the deal was actually worth closer to $300 million.
One issue may have been the inclusion of a full no-trade clause by the Angels. That was apparently something the Marlins were not willing to include in the deal.
Nightengale also reports that the best offer from the Cardinals was something closer to $200 million. Pujols may have been willing to pass up an extra $50 million from the Marlins, but he apparently wasn’t going to pass up another $50 million to stay with the Cardinals.