Last Thursday, news broke that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were released 3x NL MVP Albert Pujols in the final year of his contract. Pujols, who at 42 has posted an abysmal .622 OPS on the season, looked to continue to play. Despite his mediocre at best numbers, Pujols can still slug, hitting five homeruns so far in 2021 (to put him at 667, fifth all-time, for his career) and has an extraordinarily low BaBIP, citing that perhaps he’s been more unlucky than anything. With his ability to still put the ball in play and the fact that he might be the greatest hitter
According to Jorge Castillo of the LATimes and ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Pujols has agreed to a Major-League deal with the reigning World Champion LA Dodgers. The Dodgers are looking to get their second championship in as many years and this gives Pujols the opportunity at his third. Pujols has collected 3,253 hits, 667 homeruns and 2112 RBI to go alongside a dominant .921 lifetime OPS across 21 seasons with the Cardinals and Angels.
Pujols is more than likely a bat to fill out the bench with Max Muncy commanding first base. The financial terms of the deal aren’t known.