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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Free agent Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Dodgers agree to major-league contract

Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols has a new home, agreeing to a major-league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the deal.

Pujols, 41, was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels earlier in May and became a free agent after clearing waivers.  Pujols was in the final year of a 10-year deal he signed with the Angels prior to the 2012 season and the team is still on the hook for his $30 million 2021 salary – while the Dodgers will only pay Pujols a prorated league minimum.

The Dodgers, who were hitting just .217 against left-handed pitchers this year, badly needed bench help and Pujols had three homers in 27 at-bats against lefties with an .878 OPS. Rookies Sheldon Neuse and D.J. Peters have been the primary right-handed hitters off the bench for the Dodgers

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2021 at 09:50 PM | 57 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Los Angeles Angels designate slugger Albert Pujols for assignment

Albert Pujols has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels, the team announced Thursday.

Pujols is slashing .198/.250/.372 in 92 plate appearances this year with five home runs and 12 RBIs. For his career, the 10-time All-Star has slashed .298/.376/.545 with 667 home runs and 2,112 RBIs.

“The Angels Organization proudly signed Albert Pujols in 2011, and are honored that he has worn an Angels jersey for nearly half of his Hall-of-Fame Career. Albert’s historical accomplishments, both on and off the field, serve as an inspiration to athletes everywhere, and his actions define what it means to be a true Superstar. Since his Rookie of the Year Season in 2001, Albert and his wife Deidre have generously given their time and resources to countless charities throughout the world. We are thankful to the entire Pujols Family,” Angels owner Arte Moreno said in a statement.

Pujols’ 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels expires after this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2021 at 02:26 PM | 192 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Albert Pujols could keep playing to reach 700 career homers: ‘If I’m close to it, why not?’

Now, with Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols sitting on 662 home runs, if he gets close this year and has a legitimate chance to join the trio, he’d like to march on and keep playing past this season with a chance to be among baseball’s immortals.

“If I’m close to it, why not?” he told USA TODAY Sports. “I don’t try to chase numbers, but 700 is a big number.

“If I don’t re-sign with the Angels, I’m going to have to find a team that will give me that opportunity. I just wish I had been able to stay healthy and didn’t have those injuries. Can you imagine if I had kept the pace I was on when I was in St. Louis? I’d have 800 homers by now.’’

Pujols passed Willie Mays (660) last season for fifth on the all-time home run list. Next up is Alex Rodriguez (696), who retired before he could reach the 700-homer milestone.

Pujols, who enters his 20th major league season, is in the final year of his 10-year, $240 million contract.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2021 at 11:20 AM | 171 comment(s)
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