JUPITER, Fla. -- When Albert Pujols arrived at spring training last year, negotiations on a new contract were over. And, as it turned out, Pujols was on the way out of town.
Sunday, Yadier Molina opened Cardinals camp by saying his contract negotiations with the team had ended.
For now, the free-agent-to-be catcher then added.
Unlike his good friend Pujols, Molina has not ruled out reopening negotiations, during the spring or possibly during the season.
"They know I'm open to talk," Molina said Sunday, after confirming that this month's talks ended with no agreement.
It's hard to know for sure how likely the Cardinals and Molina are to get a deal done. The catcher, who turns 30 in July, will make $7 million this year, on the option year of a contract signed in 2008.
Molina says he loves St. Louis and the Cardinals organization, but he wouldn't say that he'd be willing to take less money to do it.
"I'd like to work something out to try to stay," he said. "At the same time, this is a business."
Likewise, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak didn't exactly say that re-signing Molina was on his must-do list.
"Our desire would be to find a way to sign him," Mozeliak said.
That way will have to wait. How long? It's hard to say.
"We've stopped talking," Molina said. "For now, we've stopped talking."