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Pujols Hopes to Reopen Talks with Cards After 2011
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) --Hours after the deadline for reaching a new contract agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals passed, Albert Pujols says he hopes to reopen talks with the team once the season is over.

Pujols, who can become a free agent after the season, said in a statement late Wednesday night that the path that the negotiations have taken will not have an affect on his relationship with Cardinals management.

The three-time NL MVP was expected to arrive at the Cardinals' complex sometime Thursday and he said he is now focused on winning a World Series title.

Pujols is the only player in major league history to hit 30 or more home runs each of his first 10 seasons - all with the Cardinals, the franchise he has said in the past he wants to remain with for the rest of his career.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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