Impending free agent David Price hasn’t talked extension with Tigers, doesn’t expect to be traded

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Left-hander David Price is an impending free agent likely to have plenty of $100 million-plus offers on the open market this offseason and the former Cy Young winner revealed today that he hasn’t had any contract extension negotiations with the Tigers.

While speaking to the media at the All-Star game Price told Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press that he’s been open to an extension, but the two sides haven’t engaged in any talks.

With the Tigers sitting at 44-44 there’s been some speculation that they could try to trade Price for a big return before July 31 rather than taking draft pick compensation if he leaves as a free agent, but when asked about that possibility Price replied: “I don’t think it will happen.”

Price is pitching as well as ever with a career-best 2.38 ERA in 18 starts, posting a fantastic 115/25 K/BB ratio in 125 innings at age 29. Detroit acquired him from Tampa Bay on the July 31 trade deadline last year and he’s making $20 million this season.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).