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Pujols tells reporters in DR that he wants to be a Redbird for life

He didn't say what he was prepared to do to make it happen. But Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols told reporters Thursday in the Dominican Republic that he hopes to finish his career with St. Louis.

"That is something that I cannot control," Pujols told the Associated Press. "I hope that before the season begins I get an extension."

Saying he wants to spend his whole career with the Cardinals is nothing new. But it's good to hear him repeat it, if for no other reason, to make me feel a little bit better.

I don't know how the Cardinals are handling the situation. But if they plan to proceed with trying to improve the club in other areas before tending to the Pujols situation, I hope they at least communicate that to their best player.

It seemed last winter that Pujols was frustrated by the club's foot dragging. I think it would go a long way, on a personal level, if they told him that they were going to do this and that and then on Dec. 15 or whenever, we want to sit down with you and get a deal hammered out.