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Albert Pujols Contract Talks Over, For The Moment

If you're convinced the Official Albert Pujols Contract Deadline is something to which he and Dan Lozano will hew, this is bad news: By my watch then deadline has officially passed, and we're without a contract extension for the best player in baseball. If the St. Louis Cardinals offered a contract that "fell short of $30 million" but not of $25 million I can't exactly blame Bill DeWitt and John Mozeliak for refusing to give this a shot, but Lozano and Pujols apparently want a deal that baseball teams will find difficult to justify on a value basis. 

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The same Unnamed Sources we've been dealing with all afternoon say they'll be a Mozeliak acknowledgement of the deadline's passing around noon, at which point we should hopefully know more. It will be interesting, if nothing else, to have some named sources.

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And if you're looking for the bright side of things—there isn't really one, but you're allowed to look for it—I recommend the point-of-view Alex Fritz tweeted in the direction of about a half an hour ago: "I, for one, am excited by the thought of Albert Pujols' possible performance in a contract year." The good thing about hoping for a contract year in this scenario is that it's not like he can drive his asking price any higher. 

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