Redbird Not The Word For Pujols?

Friday, February 18 2011 @ 08:05 AM EST

Contributed by: #2JBrumfield

Everywhere else other than Baseball North, the big story in baseball has been dominated by one certain José Alberto Pujols Alcántara, better known as Albert Pujols.  A negotiating deadline set by Pujols for contract talks with the St. Louis Cardinals came and went this week without a new deal.  If Pujols sticks to his word, he will not negotiate during the 2011 season and become a free agent. 

Albert Pujols' game face can be seen as he stares down his bat during batting practice at the Dome June 24.

Pujols bats against Brandon Morrow but only managed an infield single in four at-bats as the Cardinals were blanked by the Blue Jays 5-0.

According to Sports Illustrated, the Cardinals floated a nine year offer worth $200 million to Pujols.  However, it's believed the 31 year-old slugger is looking to at least top Alex Rodriguez's 10 year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees.   Pujols maintains he wants to remain in Cardinal red but "it's not up to him".  In 2010, Pujols hit .312/.414/.596 with 39 doubles, one triple, 42 home runs, 118 runs batted in and 14 stolen bases.  Over his 10 seasons, he's a career .331 hitter with a 1.050 OPS and has belted 408 home runs.  Is Pujols worth a $300 million dollar deal?  That's the call the Cards brass will have to make.

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