The Miami Marlins have made a 10-year offer to free agent first baseman Albert Pujols, ESPN.com reported on Tuesday.
Sources told ESPN that it is unclear what the monetary figure of the offer is, and a key question is whether the Marlins would agree to include a no-trade clause in their offer. The club did not offer shortstop Jose Reyes such a clause, which Pujols had with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Marlins’ latest offer is an increase from the nine-year proposal made in their first meeting.
In a public appearance following the team’s official announcement of the signing of new closer Heath Bell on Monday, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria did nothing to discourage talk that they have payroll room to sign Pujols, even after reeling in Bell and Reyes; the latter agreed Sunday to a six-year, $106 million contract.
The signings of All-Stars Reyes and Bell come as the Marlins prepare to open the 2012 season in a new downtown Miami ballpark.
TRADES: Minnesota traded winless pitcher Kevin Slowey to Colorado for a player to be named.
Slowey went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA this year and was out from May to August because of an abdominal strain. He made eight starts and six relief appearances and the Twins went 0-14 in those games.
• The Chicago White Sox shipped closer Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitching prospect Nestor Molina.
ESPN: The network has hired former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona to replace analyst Bobby Valentine, who is Boston’s new manager.
INDIANS: Cleveland designated pitcher Hector Rondon for assignment, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for outfielder Grady Sizemore.
WRITERS AWARD: Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott became the first Canadian writer to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.