It’s over for now: Albert Pujols and the Cardinals have reached the deadline with no deal

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The official deadline was to be 11AM, but Buster Olney just tweeted the following:

Pujols contract talks are over. Deadline will pass without a deal. Have not been proposals swapped in last 100 hours or so.

And it wouldn’t have been that big a deal if Pujols hadn’t gone and set a deadline.  Not that it necessarily matters to him or should — the guy should do what he wants to — but the frenzy that has been built up among the Cardinals fans and the media covering this deadline thing is a pretty artificial creation.

Pujols will show up in camp tomorrow. He’ll give a few no comments.  Then he’ll go out and start abusing baseballs.  Barring the absolutely ridiculous, he will be a St. Louis Cardinal all year.  When the year ends the press of a legitimate deadline — his free agency — will likely make more happen than anything that could have been expected in these past few weeks.

 

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.