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Dodgers: Albert Pujols Officially Signs With Los Angeles, Tony Gonsolin to the 60-Day IL

Welcome to the Dodgers, Albert!



The Dodgers are heading into their first series with the Diamondbacks tonight in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, they will be doing it without a lot of big names on their roster. They were already missing a few key players before Corey Seager went down with a broken bone in his hand on Saturday. 

But the good news is that they are getting reinforcements. It was announced this weekend that Albert Pujols was signing with the Dodgers. The future Hall of Famer was released by the Angels after 9+ years with the team this past week. 

The Dodgers and Dave Roberts were not able to comment on the rumors over the weekend. But today, it became official. Pujols is signed on a big-league deal for the 2021 season and placed on the active roster. 

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Rumors about the conversations between the Dodgers and Pujols suggested that he would be in a limited role. Given the fact that his bat and glove have been in steep decline for years, that would make sense. Los Angeles could presumably use him off of the bench especially against left-handed pitching. 

The Dodgers will pay Pujols a prorated league-minimum salary for the 2021 season. The $30 million owed on his contract is being covered by the Angels. Tony Gonsolin was moved to the 60-day injured list to make room for him on the roster. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I thought Gonsolin was rehabbing and improving. Is this 60 day IL for real? Our chances of going back to back diminish significantly If DR is allowed to go with throwaway bullpen games on a regular basis.

    • I believe that Gonsolin was put on 60 day IL simply to make room on 40 man roster for Pujols and that guy from the Rays. It’s only temporary until they remove someone from 40 man roster. Meaning that Gonsolin does not have to remain on 60 day as far as I know.

      • Once you are on the IL you have to stay on it until your time is through, at least that’s my understanding. They can back date him from the first day of the season, April 1. That means he does not come off until Sunday May 30. That’s @ 2 more weeks, 2-3 sim or minor league starts to build up. That’s better than rushing him back, maybe Bauer will go every 4 days until then.

      • T-gon’s move was retro to the first day he was placed on IL and ends in 2 weeks!! He needs time to stretch out to be able to come in as starter #5!

    • Re Gonsolin, 60 days is retro to beginning of the season, in actuality it means he can’t be activated until May 30th, which will be the time it takes to build him up for a starters role. No setback.

  2. I guess his rehab assignment didn’t go well or the day after had a set-back in his recovery. Needed to be careful in the arms of pitchers’ recovery or we lose them longer. Yes the BP need more and dependable pitchers.

    • don’t guess – he’s being stretched out in the next few weeks to come back to the team as their #5 starter in June. looking for ~4 innings from him when he returns per start

  3. Unless he hits a homer, anything he does it worthless. He won’t be scoring unless he’s on third if he can ever manage to make it there

  4. Albert loves to hit lefty pitchers. and Dodgers are not too good in that department. Hopefully Al can do it off the bench and occasional DH against AL teams. I do NOT want to see him move Muncy to 2nd. There goes the Dodger D if that happens. Good thing Corey is back in 5 weeks

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