The Cardinals have officially announced that they were unable to reach a deal with Albert Pujols before his self-imposed deadline.
Pujols' noon ET deadline has come and gone without a deal. "While we are disappointed that we did not reach an agreement, we remain hopeful that Albert will finish his career in St. Louis," Cardinals Chairman William O. DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, "the reality is that the Pujols talks have been dead for weeks." Sobering news for Cardinals fans. The team plans to hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. ET in order to address the situation.