Albert Pujols has rejected the latest contract offer from the St. Louis Cardinals, and is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will cease negotiating until the end of the season. The sticking point between Pujols and the Cardinals seems to be the length of the contract. Pujols wants a 10-year contract, whereas the Cardinals are not willing to commit to that length and would prefer a six- or seven-year deal.
Matt Holiday, who signed the richest contract in Cardinals history, is willing to defer some of his salary to keep Pujols in St. Louis:
"I would be willing if they came to me and said, 'Hey, this is what it's going to take to get Albert done. Would you do it again or would you do more?'"
"Scott (Boras) wouldn't like me to say that. But if that's what it took, I would be willing to do that."
The Cardinals have not asked Holliday to defer any money on his contract, and he doubts that making the gesture could keep Pujols in a Cardinal uniform.