Pujols hoping for Cardinals contract extension

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Albert Pujols hopes to negotiate a contract extension for beyond 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis exercised a $16 million option for 2011 on Oct. 6 for the 3-time NL MVP.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday, the 30-year-old said he wants to spend the rest of his career in St. Louis "but that is something that I cannot control."

The team has said there's no specific timetable for beginning negotiations on a new deal with Pujols, who can be a free agent after next year's World Series.

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