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.
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.