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The Cardinals have yet to make an offer to Pujols. Does this mean anything?

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 09: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Well, they haven’t made a “concrete offer,” anyway. That according to Tim Brown of Yahoo!, who sets the scene a week from the start of Spring Training and the promised cutoff of negotiations.

As Brown notes, Pujols has issued a virtual fatwah on negotiations through the media. The Cardinals have said a bit more here and there. But this news -- no offer made -- doesn’t exactly help the Cardinals in the court of public opinion, so I question whether that would have come from them. It might help Pujols though. Probably would, actually, if fans get mad because they think the team isn’t making a hard push to lock up the best player most of them have ever cheered for.

Makes me wonder if Pujols -- or his agent -- has changed tactics and is starting to leak a bit. And if so, does that mean that the conversations between the sides have gotten rough?