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The Cardinals met with Albert Pujols’ agent today

Dec 6, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters that he met with Albert Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano today, according to B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com.

Mozeliak wouldn’t classify the talks as “negotiations” and cautioned that he doesn’t intend to provide regular updates to the media in regards to a contract extension.

“This is not going to be negotiated in the media,” Mozeliak said. “When and why things happen, I think both Dan and I would like to keep that private and confidential. I think that’s how we’ll proceed. You’re not going to get a play-by-play and we’re not going to announce if we’re talking or not. At some point if we feel there needs to be a public statement and we both agree on it, then we’ll do it.”

“Rather than me be coy every time you guys ask, just understand that’s his request and I’m perfectly happy working under those conditions. If we have a chance to do something, it just makes more sense to do it confidentially.”

Mozeliak has previously indicated that he hopes to get something done before Christmas, so if all goes well, the next time we’ll hear about this situation from either the team or Pujols’ representatives is when they are ready to make an official announcement on an extension. Pujols is obviously in his own stratosphere, but Cardinals fans have to feel good about Adrian Gonzalez’s pending contract extension with the Red Sox, as it seemingly takes one potential suitor out of the bidding.

  1. Adam - Dec 6, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Except that after this year the Red Sox could exile Ortiz and put someone in the stupid DH slot. Not that they would, but they could.

    This brings up an interesting question. With the Red Sox, Phillies and Yankees set at 1B for the foreseeable future, what kind of money can the Prince Fielder types get? They won’t have all the deep pockets coming after them to drive the price up. Even the Angels, who have been known to be big spenders, will likely have to pass on big name, big money players if they sign Crawford.

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