UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins offer is “believed to be $200-220M, no more,” and that it is merely pennies ahead of the Cardinals offer, if that. You’d have to think that the Marlins would have to clearly best the Cardinals’ offer to lure Pujols away.
8:57 AM: Albert Pujols’ flirtation with the Miami Marlins may be over. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals’ newest offer to Albert Pujols is believed to be in the range of $220 million over 10 years.
It’s hard to see what this offer lacks compared to what the Marlins are offering. The Cards obviously don’t need to consider a no-trade clause given Pujols’ 5-10 rights.
This may keep El Hombre where, quite frankly, everyone has to agree he belongs. Doesn’t it?
Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.
According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.
It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.
The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.