By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Angels released future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols. He was in the final year of his contract with the team.
Pujols was making $30 million for this season. The salary was part of a 10-year, $253 million deal.
“There’s never a right time for something like this,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said of the move, which was first reported by MLB.com. “I have all the respect in the world for what type of player he is; this is more about playing time and who we have.”
Pujols also has a 10-year, $10 million personal services contract with the team when he retires.
The 41-year-old may sign on with a team for the rest of the season.
The team discussed this move with Pujols in recent weeks. The Angels were in a tough spot, as there were limited spots to play him.
Manager Joe Maddon has gone with Jared Walsh as their starting first baseman. And Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani is the team’s designated hitter.
That left Pujols on the outside looking in for playing time, mostly as a late-inning at-bat off the bench.
“Albert is not a bench player,” Minasian said. “We felt for him, with respect to him, keeping him on the bench, him not getting any playing time, would not do him any good or the team any good. Never a good time for this, but with that being said, we felt like it was the best thing for the organization.”
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