Pujols, Cardinals expected to talk contract extension

Likely to seek $25 million or more per year for 8-plus years

December 06, 2010

Albert Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, is expected to talk contract extension with Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and GM John Mozeliak during the winter meetings. Pujols is due $16 million in 2011, the last year of his deal, but is likely to seek $25 million or more per year for eight-plus years in a new deal, with Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees the standard. … The A's may turn their attention toward Hideki Matsui after being rejected by Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre. … Some sources say as many as five teams called Derek Jeter but did not engage in serious talks before his agreement to re-sign with the Yankees. … The Rays are among a number of teams exploring non-tendered left-handed reliever George Sherrill. … The Blue Jays reportedly are willing to swap right-hander Kyle Drabek as part of a Zack Greinke package. Catcher J.P. Arencibia reportedly interests the Royals.

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