Recently, the MLB world was shocked to hear that the Los Angeles Angels released Albert Pujols. The future Hall of Famer was struggling with a .198 batting average this season and reportedly had disagreements with manager Joe Madden. Pujols is in the 21st season of his career and doesn’t appear to have much left in the tank. With that being said, I’m going to take a look at a few potential landing spots for the slugging HOF’er.
The sad yet likely outcome. The 41-year-old is clearly in the twilight of his career, and this release might be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Pujols was an Allstar back in 2015, but since then it became clear he wasn’t all there. It, unfortunately, seems like Albert Pujols is done playing Major League Baseball. From his time with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Angels, he has been nothing short of spectacular. He has clearly influenced the current generations in a positive way. Mike Trout got emotional when he heard the news of Pujols’ release, and Nolan Arenado gave a tribute during a post-game press conference. If this is the end for Pujols, he has left an amazing legacy for the future.
St. Louis Cardinals:
This is an optimal outcome and one that fans should be eager to see. Albert Pujols lit up the league back when he was a member of the Cardinals, and one last ride would be something to remember. However, the Cardinals have Paul Goldschmidt at first, and he certainly needs no help. Additionally, the Cardinals are a National League team so, it’s not like Pujols could help at DH. Realistically, this isn’t something the Cardinals are going to jump all over, but hopefully, they’ll do it for the sake of the fans.
This is the most likely option outside of retirement. The Indians have received zero home runs from the first base position this season and little help besides that. Both Jake Bauers and Yu Chang are struggling mightly and could certainly use some help. By bringing in a legendary veteran like Pujols, he can help with the bat while mentoring the other first basemen. Pujols is going to be a very cheap contract with very limited suitors, so this seems like a low-risk high-reward situation for the Indians.
New York Yankees:
The Yankees are in a similar situation to that of the Indians. They are currently struggling at first base and could use Pujols as a temporary jolt to their lineup. Luke Voit is recovering from knee surgery and the Yankees have struggled to find his replacement. They have tried players like Rougned Odor, but he and others have faltered at the task. Pujols could come in and sustain until Voit comes back, helping the Yankees fight for the division.