ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' negotiations with Albert Pujols may now have a firm deadline.
Pujols has made it clear to the Cardinals that he does not intend to continue contract talks once Spring Training begins, but it had been uncertain when exactly camp would begin for the three-time National League Most Valuable Player. According to an ESPN.com report on Tuesday, that date is Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Cardinals pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Fla., on Sunday, while infielders and outfielders report on Friday, Feb. 18 for a Feb. 19 first workout. However, Pujols usually arrives early, and it seems that this year will be no different.
Pujols is entering the last year of a deal that will end up paying him $111 million over eight seasons. He can be a free agent at the end of the 2011 season.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.