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|Cardinals GM Mum on Pujols Contract Talks
|ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Albert Pujols signs autographs for $175 a pop on Sunday at the St. Louis Cardinals' Winter Warmup. The team has until the start of spring training to get the three-time NL MVP to sign a new contract.
General manager John Mozeliak confirmed the deadline set by Pujols, but declined Saturday to characterize negotiations. The Cardinals exercised a $16 million option for next season on Pujols' contract in October.
Both sides want to keep the negotiations private. Pujols' two-hour autograph session, which will raise funds for Cardinal Care, is sold out.
The 30-year-old Pujols led the National League with 42 homers and 118 RBIs last season. He topped 400 homers last season and set a franchise record with his 39th career multihomer game.
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