Pujols Contract Talks End Before Deadline
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — No deal will be struck between the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols before the start of Spring Training. With the passing of the negotiation deadline, Pujols will more than likely become a free agent five days after the World Series concludes.
The negotiation deadline has appeared to have had the opposite effect as intended since every major sports media outlet has invaded Jupiter, FL. Cardinals Chairman Bill Dewitt and General Manager John Mozeliak addressed the plethora of reporters late Wednesday morning, but did not reveal any specifics of what did or did not happen.
“It wasn’t that we ran out of time”, commented DeWitt, “we just did not reach an agreement.”
Mr. DeWitt was adamant that the organization is utilizing every resource at their disposal to continue to field a competitive, winning team. There was no indication given on whether if the two sides were closer or farther in their negotiations at this point.
However, Mozeliak admitted that he believed the tone between both parties was positive.
Regarding offers that were made to Pujols before the deadline, Mozeliak disclosed that only one official offer was made. This came right after the new year.
Albert Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano issued a statement confirming that talks will stop until the end of the season. About any offer made or discussed, Lozano said, “a difference in determining Albert’s value could not be resolved.”
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