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Cardinals Make Their Offer to Pujols

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Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony celebrating the team's 11th World Series championship October 30, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony celebrating the team’s 11th World Series championship October 30, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The Cardinals have made their offer to Albert Pujols at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas. With pressure being put on by the Miami Marlins over the past two days, the Redbirds quickly made their move on Tuesday in an effort to resign the three-time NL MVP. The terms of the offer were not released.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports staff, reporting in Dallas, made contact with GM John Mozeliak.  According to that report, the Cardinals did modify their last offer, which was supposed to be a 9-year, 198 million deal.  No specifics have been given, but Mozeliak does indicate that a resolution make take place sooner rather than later.

Monday was the first known time the Cardinals and Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano had a meeting since their previous negotiations broke off last February.  Lozano also met with the Chicago Cubs once plus the Marlins twice along with an apparent productive meeting on Tuesday.

Though probably nothing new in what Pujols wants in a deal, but a no-trade clause is important.  The Miami Marlins made big headlines on Tuesday by reportedly offering a deal worth $200 million-plus over 10 years, yet they are not willing to forego their policy of giving players that contractual right.  The Marlins did not provide no-trade clauses for closer Heath Bell or shortstop Jose Reyes.

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