February 16, 2011
The St. Louis Cardinals have till noon Wednesday to make Albert Pujols(notes) an acceptable offer on a contract extension. Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown reports that one has yet to come and won't come Wednesday, either.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated reports that the Cards offered Pujols an eight-year deal that was "believed to be worth in excess of $200 million." But SI also notes that the general belief between the two sides is that no deal will get done by the deadline since Pujols was looking for a deal worth more than the 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez(notes) has with the New York Yankees.
SI reports that at some point, Dan Lozano, Pujols' agent, "proposed that part of a deal include a piece of the storied team for Pujols, which would have made Pujols a player/part owner." The Cards said no.
Brown reports, however, that it has been more than 10 days since the club's most recent -- and possibly final -- offer before the player reaches free agency.
A source close to the Pujols camp told Brown that any claim of an offer to Pujols is "Inaccurate, reckless and outrageous."