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Albert Pujols deal won't come in season

Updated: December 9, 2010, 5:53 AM ET
Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tony La Russa predicts a contract extension for Cardinals star Albert Pujols will come either before spring training or after the season -- nothing in between.

"I know Albert well enough that once he gets into spring training, he doesn't like distractions," the Cardinals manager said Wednesday at the winter meetings. "I just know once spring training starts, Albert doesn't get distracted by anything."

La Russa said both the Cardinals and Pujols will learn ...

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