Albert Pujols, Cardinals: No deal at deadline
Updated at 12:08 p.m.
The noon deadline set by Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals passed with no deal in place.
The first baseman, who is expected to arrive for spring training in Jupiter, Fla., on Thursday, has said that talks will not take place for the rest of camp and the season, meaning he'll be a free agent when the season ends.
Updated at 12:35 p.m.
"I think both [Cardinals chairman] Bill [DeWitt] and I would agree that this process was something we thought long and hard about," General Manager John Mozeliak said in a press conference. "It was not something that we just jumped into without understanding the ramifications to our organization ... to how it would impact us not only in the short term but also the long term.
"We felt very good about the offer we made and we felt that it recognized his iconic status and it also still allowed us to put a a successful club out there. We made every effort to try to get a deal done."
DeWitt was asked whether there was a chance that Pujols might sign with the Cardinals after the season.
"I think that's hard to say at this point," DeWitt said. "We tried last offseason, so maybe the third time will be the charm. As one becomes a free agent, obviously that's a point at which he either goes in another direction or stays with the Cardinals. I'm not saying there wasn't urgency, because there was. ... We did make every effort. We started the process early and had good dialogue throughout. It wasn't that we ran out of time, it's just that we were unable to reach agreement."
Updated at 3:05 p.m.
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Filed at 10:44 a.m.
The noon deadline for a deal between Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals appears likely to expire with no agreement in place, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Sources: Pujols contract talks are over. Deadline will pass without a deal. Have not been proposals swapped in last 100 hours or so
The sticking point, he reports via Twitter, is "not on years in the deal, but per-year salary."
In Jupiter, Fla., site of the Cardinals' spring-training headquarters, Dave Sheinin reports that Manager Tony La Russa is quiet today, after lashing out at the players' union Tuesday, and, as expected, Pujols is not in camp today. If no agreement is reached, he'll play out the season with the Cardinals and then hit the free-agent market. (And what will that mean, minus the Yankees and Red Sox? Mark Kriegel sees diminishing returns.)
"He's given the Cardinals 10 historic seasons at their price. Now, for the next eight or 10, he's ready to play for his price," Jayson Stark writes at espn.com.
"Maybe he'll get that price from the Cardinals next winter. Maybe he'll get it from the Cubs or the Nationals or the Angels or some other team. But when this negotiating fog clears, he's clearly determined to be the highest-paid player in the history of his sport. And it's still tough to think of any conceivable argument that would convince us he shouldn't be."
| February 16, 2011; 10:44 AM ET
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