Reports are that the Marlins, making a huge splash this offseason running in like a noveau-riche kid looking to burn his pile of cash, have decided to show some restraint and pull out of the Albert Pujols chase.
I say, good move.
This was clearly going to be a bad investment and it is fitting that the Cubs are still in this running despite a new regime. Albert Pujols would have been pushing 42 at the end of his 10 year deal and at around $20M per season, the question of his worth would come sharper into focus with each progressing season. His numbers are already in decline and that could change, but at $20M dollars a year, the Marlins would be taking too large a risk to get a return on their investment.
The roots of this franchise are to be sensible with how they spend their money. Going after quick fixes doesn’t pay off as much as most would like. Just look at the Mets the last few years. Now, the Marlins have snagged away Jose Reyes, totally reversing the fortune and perhaps the image of these two franchises, but the Fish also risk getting away from their roots – which are based on acquiring pitching, pitching, and more pitching.
The Marlins should continue to function like a small-market team, but add the extra component of spending on targets they feel can give them some stability. Acquiring Pujols would not have had as nice of a pay off. Going after Prince Fielder, however, might.