Marlins lose out on free agents Pujols, Wilson

Marlins lose out on free agents Pujols, Wilson

The Marlins signed three key players during this week's Winter Meetings, but two others they were hopeful for -- Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson -- opted to go elsewhere.

After inking closer Heath Bell, shortstop Jose Reyes and left-hander Mark Buehrle earlier this week, the Marlins said they weren't done targeting big-time free agents. Indeed, they weren't, and they were still in contact with Pujols and Wilson, the top free-agent hitter and pitcher, respectively, to the end.

On Wednesday night, team officials met with Wilson at the Hilton Anatole. The Marlins, according to a source, proposed a "substantial" six-year offer. The total package was believed to be in the $80 million range.

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The Marlins had a 10-year offer on the table to Pujols earlier in the week, said to be more than $200 million, and perhaps in the $220 million range. But team president David Samson confirmed at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday night that talks with Pujols had broken down.

Instead, the Angels stepped up and signed both Pujols and Wilson. Pujols agreed to a 10-year deal Thursday that could reach as high as $260 million. His deal also includes a no-trade clause, which the Marlins reportedly weren't offering.

Within the same hour news broke about Pujols, it was confirmed that Wilson had also agreed to sign with the Angles for five years and $77.5 million.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.