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Cardinals' Albert Pujols sets deadline

Updated: January 16, 2011, 9:41 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The St. Louis Cardinals have until the opening of spring training to sign slugger Albert Pujols.

If a deal is not done by then, then negotiations will be cut off and he will test free agency in the fall, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

General manager John Mozeliak declined Saturday to characterize negotiations.

The Cardinals exercised a $16 million option for next season on Pujols' contract in October.

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