Citing a source, the newspaper says Pujols will announce Tuesday that he will not talk about his contract until after the season, "unless a dramatic change is made."
Pujols, 31, is reportedly seeking a 10-year deal, while reports have surfaced that the Cardinals are not comfortable giving him more than seven seasons.
He is in the final season of his eight-year, $111 million contract.
Does this deadline passing matter? Well, according to some St. Louis fans, it does. As Nightengale points out, "#Albertgeddon" is already a popular hashtag on Twitter for Cardinal fans (or at least, it's entered the lexicon). However, Pujols will play for St. Louis this season and has already said he'd veto any trade attempt during the season, so Albertgeddon isn't anytime soon. Add to that, the opinion held by most that the Cardinals will still be the favorite to sign him, if he does make it to free agency, Albertgeddon may never happen. Of course, next year is 2012...
The biggest loser in this may be Prince Fielder, who is also a free agent after this season. If Pujols is available, Fielder will be nobody's first choice among available first basemen -- and no team that can afford Fielder is going to make him an offer until Pujols is off the market.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans