Although the St. Louis Cardinals have shown they would like to sign the first baseman to a contract extension as soon as possible, Albert Pujols is in no hurry.
According to ESPN, the slugger stated in a recent interview with a Dominican radio station that he's going to take his time before he decides to finalize a new contract.
"I'm not desperate to sign a contract extension," he said. "I still have one year remaining in my contract for 2010 and a club option for 2011. I leave the rest in God's hands."
"We have not sat down to talk about contracts yet. Last week, the GM [John Mozeliak] called me and I told them to talk to my lawyer. But I reiterate that money is not everything, it's better to have a competitive team that can go to the postseason."
After the 2003 Major League Baseball season, Pujols agreed to a seven-year deal with the Cardinals worth $100 million. Since then, the team has made the playoffs four times, winning the World Series in 2006.
Considered a favourite for the National League MVP, Pujols batted .327 with 47 home runs and 135 RBI's this season. Despite a regular season record of 91-71, the Cardinals were swept in the first round of the postseason by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
""I didn't think we would be swept, but only God knows what will happen to you," he said.