Dodgers sign free agent slugger Albert Pujols

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher Free-agent slugger Albert Pujols has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He signed a one-year deal for the rest of the 2021 season. He moves a short distance away from where he began the season. Pujols began the season with the Los Angeles Angels. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will likely rotate Pujols and Max Muncy at first base. When he’s not playing in the field, Pujols will be a significant bat off of the bench. With the Angels, Pujols got caught in a numbers game. Manager Joe Maddon went with Jared Walsh at first base and Shohei Ohtani as the designated hitter, the future Hall of Famer was stuck. He was going to receive limited at-bats had he remain with the team. The Angels decided it was best to move on without Pujols, which led to his release. There was a belief that Pujols would only sign with a team, as long as he received every day playing time. The 41-year-old is on the downside of his career and can only play first base for the Dodgers. Before joining the Dodgers, he had a .198 batting average with 5 home runs and 12 RBIs in 24 games with the Angels. He also had 17 hits in 86 at-bats over 24 games. In his career, the Cooperstown, New York-bound legend has a career .298 batting average with 667 home runs and 2,112 RBIs in 2,886 games. The 667 home runs by Pujols make him fifth on the all-time home runs list. He is the only active player within the Top 20 of the home run list.

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