Albert Pujols Rumors: St. Louis Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. 'Hopeful' Team Can Re-Sign Slugger

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi caught up with St. Louis Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. to discuss the status of the Albert Pujols contract negotiations, and while DeWitt said he is "hopeful" the club can re-sign their franchise first baseman, he added that he would not say he is "optimistic."

Bill DeWitt Jr. on Pujols: "I'm hopeful, but I don't like to use the word 'optimistic.'

He also was unwilling to ballpark the odds of retaining Pujols:

DeWitt declined to say whether chances of re-signing Pujols are better than 50/50. "I don't quote odds."

The Marlins reportedly offered Pujols a 10-year deal, and according to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, they are pressing for a decision from Pujols in the next couple of days.

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