Matthew Leach of MLB.com spoke with Albert Pujols Monday at the annual Cardinals Winter Warm-Up in St. Louis. According to Leach, Pujols "deflected questions about his future contract status" and "has hardly given a thought to what Mark Teixeira’s contract with the Yankees means to his own situation."
"Ask me that question in 2011," Pujols said. "Right now I don’t really care about it. That’s [my agents’] job. That’s why they’re my agents. That’s why they’re getting paid. They got me the money that I got because they do their homework. So when that time comes, we need to take care of it. As of right now, I don’t even worry about it. I worry about getting ready for this year, next year and 2011 if I’m still here and they don’t trade me. Because they have the right to trade me wherever they want right now."
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was the first to make the Pujols-Teixeira contract comparison back in December. He described Albert’s 2011 free-agent value as simply "mind-boggling."