Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols is reportedly staying in Los Angeles. According to Jorge Castillo, the Dodgers have agreed to a deal with the Pujols for the remainder of the season. Castillo says the deal will be made official on Monday.
Pujols will provide the Dodgers with another big bat in the lineup. As of Saturday afternoon, they ranked tied for 15th in MLB with 44 homers. But manager Dave Roberts will have to get creative working Pujols into the lineup. Current everyday first baseman Max Muncy has had a solid start to the season, with eight home runs, 22 RBI and a .934 OPS.
While the defending champs get an extra weapon, this move also keeps Pujols away from the Cubs’ division rivals. Before the reported signing with the Dodgers, there were rumors that the Cardinals were discussing bringing Pujols back to St. Louis, where he won two World Series.
Pujols was released by the Angels earlier this month.
“Albert Pujols’ 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,” said Angels owner Arte Moreno in a statement.
Over his 21-year career, Pujols has hit 667 homers, good for fifth-most in MLB history. In addition, his 2112 RBI are the third-most in MLB history.
Pujols is a three-time MVP, 10-time All Star, has won two Gold Gloves, six Silver Sluggers, and was named NL Rookie of the Year in 2001.