Cardinals exercise option for Pujols

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St. Louis - The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Wednesday that the club has exercised the 2011 option on the contract of first baseman Albert Pujols.

The 30-year-old Dominican slugger recently completed his 10th straight season of hitting at least 30 home runs and collecting at least 100 RBI.

In 159 games this past season, he tied a team-high by hitting .312 with NL- bests of 42 homers and 118 runs batted in. Pujols also had 39 doubles and scored 115 runs -- the ninth time in his career he has crossed the plate at least 100 times.

Over 1,558 games since breaking into the majors in 2001, Pujols has racked up 408 home runs and 1,230 RBI, with 426 doubles, 1,186 runs scored and a .331 batting average. He has won the NL MVP award three times.

In addition, the Cardinals announced that the 2011 vesting option for pitcher Trever Miller has been met.

The 37-year-old reliever was 0-1 with a 4.00 earned-run average in 57 appearances in his second year with the franchise.


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