This is a big blow for both the Cardinals, who are tied with Milwaukee for first in the N.L. Central, and for Pujols, who is a free agent at the end of the season. Prior to the season, the 31 year old Pujols was thought to be seeking a contract of $30 million per year or more over multiple years, with some speculating that he could ultimately ink a $300 million deal.
However, Pujols has been off to a slow start, relative to what he has done historically, posting just a .279/.355/.500 line, compared to his career .329/.423/.619 line. Pujols has only had two sub-1000 OPS seasons in his career, and has never had an OPS lower than the 955 he posted in his sophomore season.