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ESPN: Pujols to report to spring training early

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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (5) follows through with a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Atlanta, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) By John Bazemore St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (5) follows through with a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Atlanta, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) By John Bazemore
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols bounds out of the dugout to take up his position for the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols bounds out of the dugout to take up his position for the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols hits an RBI sacrifice fly to score teammate Jon Jay during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols hits an RBI sacrifice fly to score teammate Jon Jay during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

(KMOV) --- If you're a Cardinals fan, you may be wondering why you're feeling especially anxious this morning.

It could be this.  ESPN is reporting Albert Pujols will report to spring training on Feb. 16, making that the deadline for his contract negotiations with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pujols and the Cardinals had been negotiating under the player's original deadline of Feb. 19, the first day he was scheduled to arrive in training camp. After he begins spring training, Pujols does not want his agent, Dan Lozano, to discuss a contract with the Cardinals because he doesn't want to have any distractions, a stance he has taken throughout his career.

Here is a link to the ESPN.com article with more information about the contract negotiations, or lack thereof.

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