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Albert Pujols sets spring training deadline for contract talks

Jan 15, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

Pujols swing

That’s the sobering news from the team’s annual Winter Warm-Up event this afternoon.

According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed that Albert Pujols and his agent Don Lozano will not negotiate a contract extension once spring training begins. It’s not clear if this has been the deadline all along, but some have speculated that the deadline would be the start of the season. Not so.

Consistent with an agreement to keep negotiations confidential, Mozeliak declined to go into any specifics, but he did say that the two sides continue to talk.

“We don’t want to sit here and handicap or guess or kind of give any type of gut feels as to where this thing is headed right now,” Mozeliak said. “In respect to that, that’s all I can really add to the topic at this time. Hopefully in the near future it’s something we can talk more about it.”

“I don’t think it would benefit anybody for me to weigh in at this point.”

By the way, as Rains notes, position players are scheduled to report to the team’s spring training complex in Jupiter on February 18. Ticktock, ticktock…

  1. elmaquino - Jan 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    get it done, Cards! we have until Wednesday!

    • timstl - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM

      Wednesday? You know it’s currently January, right? Spring Training doesn’t start until February 18th.

      • elmaquino - Jan 16, 2011 at 10:43 PM

        my bad… all this baseballessness is throwing my brain off!

  2. johnjpileggi - Jan 15, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Given the incredible overpayment of Jason Werth, what do you give this guy? He can get anything he wants on the open market.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      More or less. The Yankees and Red Sox figure to be out of the running and unless the Angels want to move Kendry Morales to the outfield or something, they’re likely out of it as well.

      That takes out three of the usual big spenders. His market figures to be pretty limited in terms of teams that can afford him and/or have a hole at 1B.

      • xxakshunxx - Jan 15, 2011 at 7:47 PM

        dude you’re nuts… MANY teams will find ways to get enough money to spend on this guy.. it’s more about the money he would bring in from fans buying tickets, jerseys, etc. than what his play on the field would be.. you would see whatever team probably easily sell 10k season tickets that day of the signing…

  3. frankvzappa - Jan 15, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    we could use a good DH in Boston after we send Ortiz packing after this year…may as well just go for broke!

  4. paperlions - Jan 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    This can’t be that hard can it? Pujols has the Cardinals over the barrel. If they want to keep him, put the onus on Albert. He says he wants to be on a winner and that he wants to stay in StL, if that is true, then he’ll want a fair, but not astronomical salary.
    All the Cardinals have to do is show him the books and budget, and ask him to name his salary, so that he knows how his choice will affect the team’s ability to keep Wainwright, Carpenter, Rasmus, or anyone else. Let him choose how competitive his team will be. The Cardinals don’t really have a choice in the matter, do they? Why not just admit as much and the the deal done?
    If they lose Albert, the franchise is done for a while. They can’t compete on the FA market and the Farm system is nearly barren.

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