All The Kings’ Horses And All The Kings’ Men Couldn’t Put Humpty Dumpty Together Again

All The Kings’ Horses And All The Kings’ Men Couldn’t Put Humpty Dumpty Together Again …

By tophatal ……

Well with baseball’s Winter Meetings now in session in Dallas, Texas , with the league hierarchy , general managers owners , agents , union representatives and a number of players all convening to get the lay of the ground . it has to be said that in light of a highly exhilarating season and postseason these meetings are seeing and taking an interesting turn of events . Nowhere is now more apparent than with the growing speculation as to where perhaps the most prized free agent of the offseason will make his home .

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Albert Pujols coming off another successful season with the St Louis Cardinals and their triumph in the World Series is now an unrestricted free agent . And Pujols’ agent , Dan Lozano now must be the envy of his peers as he looks to guide his client in taking the best deal available , while at the same looking to further impact the player’s success over the course of his future . Courting the player at present are the St Louis Cardinals , Los Angeles Angels , Chicago Cubs and surprisingly enough the Florida Marlins . Cardinals’ GM John Mozelliak may well have had the inside track earlier but given the fact that the player and organization could not come to an agreement during the season on a contract extension that would be mutually beneficial for both parties , it has now opened up the doors for the Cubs and Marlins to intervene, to espouse the virtues of joining their respective organizations .

The continued speculation about Albert Pujols’ immediate future and that of his fellow first baseman compatriot Prince Fielder further makes this offseason something of an interesting one . Money appears to be the catalyst that will see how things pan out for the duo and to what extent and length teams are prepared to sign either of the duo. The two are amongst the very best at the position within the game and I am sure that they would like to be compensated in such a manner ! At the top of the pile amongst first baseman in terms of an annual salary happens to be the New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira who earned $22,500,000 as part of that extraordinary contract negotiated by his then agent Scott Boras with team GM Brian Cashman . Suffice to say , that Scott Boras remains the “1,000lb gorilla in the room” as he has simply become the bane of the general managers around the game of baseball . From my own personal standpoint it isn’t necessarily the agent himself , but the total gullibility of the GM’s and owners , whom Boras tends to have eating out of his hands like a kitten who has been given a fresh bowl of milk to drink from . And if that wasn’t bad enough in the eyes of Bud Selig , the agent can seem to do know wrong .

Courtesy of MLB.com

Marlins seek resolution in Pujols pursuit

If spurned, Miami could set sights on Fielder to upgrade offense

By Joe Frisaro of MLB.com

DALLAS — Where Albert Pujols will wind up has dominated the discussion the first two days of the Winter Meetings, and it promises to be the topic of the day again on Wednesday.

Negotiations between Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano, and the Marlins lasted into the night on Tuesday without any definitive answers.

The Cardinals, antsy not to lose one of the greatest players of any era, reportedly upped their ante to about $220 million over 10 years.

The Marlins have a 10-year offer on the table, said to be more than $200 million, and perhaps in the $220 million range. And then late on Tuesday came word that a “mystery third team” joined the equation. Speculation is the Angels, or possibly the Cubs, are making an end-around pass at Pujols.

nternally, the Marlins have had a quiet confidence that they will land the services of Pujols before the Winter Meetings conclude on Thursday. After all, the team has had numerous talks with Lozano, and a few weeks back, Pujols visited Miami and toured the flashy new ballpark in the Little Havana section of town.

The ball, however, is in the court of the veteran first baseman.

As Pujols weighs his options, the Marlins are seeking a resolution one way or the other. Team owner Jeffrey Loria clearly wants to acquire Pujols, but the Marlins want answers so they can decide their next move in rebuilding the franchise.

If Pujols decides to remain in St. Louis, or join a mystery third team, the Marlins want to still have time to discuss fallback options. One of them would be Prince Fielder.

The Marlins clearly want a more powerful offense, and they will swing for the fences even if their lineup doesn’t include Pujols.


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The Florida Marlins soon to become the Miami Marlins this upcoming season have themselves been busy in the free agency market . Having signed former New York Mets’ short-stop Jose Reyes to an extremely lucrative six year $106 million contract (pending approval & team physical) with added incentives based on the player’s performances over the course of the season . Team owner Jeffrey Loria in light of this latest flurry of activity in conjunction team President Dave Sansom , VP of Operations Larry Beinfest and general manager Michael Hill had also signed closer Heath Bell and engineered the move of Ozzie Guillen from the Chicago White Sox to succeed Jack McKeon as manager of the team .

Miami Marlins’ front office knows that with the advent of their new state of the art ballpark set to open up their 2012 schedule the right type of environment and atmosphere has to be set that will be conducive to the fans and general population within the Miami locale . Built at the cost oof $515 million the 37,000 seat venue situated in downtown Miami on the site of the old Miami Orange Bowl will be MLB’s latest and newest ballpark . Somehow , I get the feeling that with all of the backroom shenanigans , behind the scenes wheeling and dealing , a great deal of money has not only exchanged hands surreptitiously but also the true cost of this all has actually been withheld from the public at large ! Never mind the fact that the city of Miami government and Miami Dade government have “sold their souls ” to the Devil in order to get this venue built . That asides , I find it somewhat unbelievable that in a little of over five years Jeffrey Loria from having pled poverty as to the financial viability of this organization can now make the prospective outlays being exhibited in having signed Jose Reyes to his $105 million deal , that of Heath Bell’s 3 year 27 million contract and still attempt to sign Albert Pujols to almost certainly what will be a contract that is said will be likely in the region of 10 years and approximately between $220 to $250 million , not including other additional incentives ! . All this from an organization that over the years that has been amongst the lowest salaried teams within baseball ? .

While I remain somewhat dubious of the Miami Marlins and the lengths with which much of the dealings in terms of the ball club’s new venue came into being with a bond issue that in some cases has been of great consternation between the party factions of both the city and county governments of Miami Dade . And it certainly has not at all come as a surprise to me that the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission ) is about to conduct an investigation into how the financing for the Marlins’ ballpark came into being . The governmental agency while not having arrest powers does have the wherewithal to subject any party to have been found guilty of financial fraud to levy serious fines and subjecting the executives in question , from not holding an executive position within a public or private company . It seems crazy that the public doesn’t decry the fact that taxpayers’ monies are being repeatedly being lavished upon multi millionaire and billionaire professional sport’s franchises owners under the facade and pretense that it is being done to benefit the community !

Courtesy of Wall St Journal

SEC Examines Marlins Stadium Deal

By TIMOTHY W. MARTIN , REED ALBERGOTTI and MATTHEW FUTTERMAN

The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into the public financing deal behind the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark.

SEC officials delivered letters to the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County Thursday, requesting financial records, meeting minutes and communications with the team and officials from Major League Baseball, according to a person familiar with the matter. Miami and county officials have until Jan. 6 to deliver the documents.

The federal regulators will examine nearly $500 million in bonds sold to fund the ballpark and the financial deal struck for stadium parking garages, according to the county and to a statement from the team.

A person involved with the ballpark’s financing said the investigation may revolve around the Marlins’ claims that the team needed public help because it could not afford to pay for a new ballpark.

SEC senior counsel Drew Panahi declined to comment on the case.

In a statement, the Marlins said they were aware of the investigation. “Of course we will fully cooperate with the SEC’s investigation as needed and assist in whatever way possible.”

A Miami-Dade County spokeswoman said the county “will comply with the SEC’s request and provide the documents they’re asking for.”

It is not clear whether MLB has received subpoenas. A spokesman for the league declined to comment.

The financing plan for the 37,000-seat ballpark, which was built on the site of the former Orange Bowl and is expected to open next spring, has been a source of controversy.

Under the plan, city and county are responsible for nearly 80% of the stadium’s overall cost of $634 million, according to the Miami Herald, which first reported the subpoenas.

The Marlins had argued that the team needed public help to shore up its finances. Financial documents published last year by the website Deadspin showed the team had been turning a profit.

After the documents were published, Marlins president David Samson told the Palm Beach Post the team showed a hefty profit in certain years when it was conserving money for its ballpark project.

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Having finagled the both municipalities’ assistance in bringing about the new ballpark I certainly would like to know what part has been played not simply by Jeffrey Loria and the front office but also by Bud Selig at whose urging Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado simply brow-beated his city commissioners to vote for the approval in their bond raising exercise . And when one bears in mind that both the city and county governments are currently running multi million dollar budgetary deficits , it makes you wonder who is about to come out on the better side of these dealings . Certainly , not the citizens of Miami or Miami Dade County that’s for sure given the economic blight that has hit the entire region of South Florida , and in particular the tri county area of Broward County , Miami Dade and West Palm Beach County , which encompasses the fan base for the Miami Marlins .

The city of Miami has been subpoenad to turn over all financial records concerning the bond issue and any other relevant records pertinent to the SEC’s investigation . And that they have until the 6th January to comply with the request before the FBI would be called in with a warranted search at the behest of the Justice Department . It is not yet clear whether or not Bud Selig’s office and that of the league hierarchy is also subject to a subpoena concerning the investigation . But you can bear in mind that the commissioner will most certainly want to fend off any type of incursion or intrusive power that opens up his office to public scrutiny . I mean , it has become the norm for Selig and his mindless acolytes over the years ! No common sense and not one damn ounce of integrity has ever been known to come from the commissioner’s office much less from the man himself ! But yet somehow the team owners seem to march unison behind the bespectacled Pied Piper while he continues to lead them lower into the depths of sheer ineptitude and mediocrity .

As to the possible fate of the now ongoing investigation by the SEC , well let’s just say that my faith in a governmental agency whose own lax methods , excuses for their failure and recognition as to the malfeasance of the high ranking executives with the financial powerhouses of Merrill Lynch , Goldman Sachs , AIG , Countrywide Financial , Bank of America , Citigroup Inc , Morgan Stanley Inc and a slew of other prominent financial concerns who essentially brought about and wreaked havoc upon the financial sector , specifically the mortgage and banking industry , and literally placed the economy in its present state . It now has me wondering, if they (SEC & Justice Dept) have yet to find anyone there guilty of any wrongdoing , when it is abundantly that was what clearly took place , then what now makes them believe that they will be able to indict anyone concerning this particular issue with regard to financing of the Miami Marlins new stadium ? Would anyone like to proffer up an answer at this juncture ? Anyone , anyone at all ? Well I guess not !

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(1) Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, right, looks over to Jose Reyes during a news conference at the Major League Baseball 2011 Winter Meetings in Dallas, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. The Marlins unveiled the newly signed free-agent shortstop Reyes. AP Photo/LM Otero …

(2) Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, left, and team president David Samson chat as they walk through the lobby of the hotel hosting Major League Baseball’s winter meetings in Dallas, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. AP Photo/LM Otero …

(3) ST. LOUIS, MO – FILE: First baseman Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals waves to the crowd during the World Series victory parade for the franchise’s 11th championship on October 30, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. According to reports December 6, 2011, the Miami Marlins have made Pujols at 10-year contract offer. Photo by Ed Szczepanski/Getty Images ….

(4) The Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria (R) listens as Ozzie Guillen speaks while being introduced as the Marlin’s new manager during a press conference at Sun Life Stadium on September 28, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Mike Ehermann/ Getty Images North America …..

(5) Bud Selig MLB commissioner hasn’t been forthcoming as to whether or not his office has been subpoenad by the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) in light of what are said to be irregularities concerning the financing for the new Miami Marlins’ ballpark . AP Photo / James Rice …..

(6) City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado listens as police Chief Miguel A. Exposito speaks during a press conference to announce “Operation Take Back Our Streets”‘ on August 10, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Miami Police Department launched the operation in response to recent shootings in the Model City and Little Haiti communities of Miami. The city has seen a number of shootings recently using high powered assault weapons. . Joe Raedle / Getty Images North America …..

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