There's "still very little hope for agreement by Wednesday deadline," Heyman writes. This isn't surprising, as it appears Pujols is looking for a deal commensurate with Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $275 million pact with the Yankees.
The exact figure of the offer isn't known yet, but Heyman did confirm that the deal would be for less than $30 million annually. While it's unknown if Pujols is seeking an annual figure of $30 million, it is possible he could reach that mark in free agency.
At one point, Heyman reveals, Pujols' camp asked the Cardinals to build in partial ownership of the Cardinals. That can be done, but St. Louis opted to say no because it would have been far too complicated to pull off.
UPDATE: A source "close" to the Pujols camp told Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that reports of any offer to Pujols Tuesday was "inaccurate, reckless and outrageous."
Inaccurate... OK, fair enough. Reckless? Outrageous? Someone's taking this a bit too personally.
-- Evan Brunell