Now that Albert Pujols and the Cardinals have passed Wednesday's deadline without successfully negotiating a contract, no news will be made on the contract front until after the 2010 season. Of course, that doesn't mean that speculation won't be rampant. Before the deadline, in fact, Ken Rosenthal suggested that a Pujols-for-Mark Teixeira trade was a possibility.
At Wednesday's press conference, though, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak unequivocally knocked down any possibility of trading Pujols. SI's Jon Heyman tweets:
Mozeliak: no trade for albert will be considered
Meanwhile, Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, made it clear that Pujols is certainly not shutting the door on the Cardinals. From FanHouse's Ed Price:
Agent Dan Lozano: "(Today) does not elim. possibility of Albert returning to Cards in '12, simply delays negot. until concl. of season."
As Rob Neyer noted earlier, the Cardinals' failure to lock down Pujols was a disappointment, but not a disaster. For more on Pujols and the Cardinals, stay tuned to SB Nation's Cardinals blog, Viva El Birdos.