Report: Albert Pujols turns down Cardinals’ contract offer

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A source told USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale that Albert Pujols has rejected a contract proposal from the Cardinals.

It’s been long reported that the Cardinals hadn’t made an offer, but according to Nightengale’s source they did recently and Pujols turned it down. The source goes on to say that, barring a dramatic turnaround, Pujols will announce Tuesday that no additional contract talks will take place until after the World Series.

Pujols, who is set to become a free agent for the first time following the 2011 season, is believed to be requesting a 10-year deal, possibly in the $30 million-per-year range. There’s been no word on what the Cardinals might have offered.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.