St. Louis -- The St. Louis Cardinals said Wednesday they would exercise their option for next year on the contract of slugger Albert Pujols.
The 30-year-old first baseman is coming off his 10th straight season of pounding out at least 30 home runs and driving in at least 100 runs.
In the recently completed season, Pujols led the National League with 42 homers and 118 RBI, while batting .312 with 39 doubles and 115 runs scored.
For his career since 2001, Pujols has collected 408 home runs and 1,230 RBI, with 426 doubles, 1,186 runs scored and a .331 batting average. He has won the National League Most Valuable Player Award three times.
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