Pujols agrees to one-year contract

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Albert Pujols agreed Monday to a $900,000, one-year contract.

The deal for the 2001 NL Rookie of the Year is the highest one-year contract for a major league player with less than three years of major league service who was not eligible for salary arbitration.

In addition to his salary, Pujols would get a $50,000 bonus for making the NL All-Star team.

Pujols has a .321 average over the last two seasons with 71 homers and 257 RBIs, and he finished second to Barry Bonds last year in NL MVP voting after batting .314 with 34 homers and 127 RBIs.

He did not play Monday, but has a 10-game spring training hitting streak. He has four homer, four doubles and 15 RBIs during the exhibition season. -- AP

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