As the agreed-upon deadline for a contract extension approaches on Wednesday, Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals have a long way to go to get a deal done.
The developments have been rolling in early this week in anticipation of Wednesday, which will be the last time Pujols and the Cardinals discuss a new contract until the end of the upcoming season.
First, we heard on Monday that Pujols rejected the Cardinals' offer last week, the terms of which were not disclosed.
Then, on Tuesday, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said that the MLB Players Association is putting pressure on Pujols and his agent to demand the highest and longest contract possible, which Albert seems sheepish about doing.
Later on Tuesday, it was reported that Pujols and the Cardinals were far apart and that no deal would get done before the deadline.
This development is of no small consequence; its effects are far-reaching in the realm of player contracts and the precedent that could be set for the rest of the union's clients, MLB's players.
Here are the ramifications of La Russa's report, if true, and how it affects Pujols, the Cardinal organization and the rest of MLB right now.