The Dodgers are always going to be digging around looking for extra depth. But it’s not every day that you have the opportunity to sign a future Hall of Fame player AND pay him the league minimum.
But that’s exactly where the Dodgers are on this Saturday afternoon. The team reportedly agreed to a deal with first baseman Albert Pujols for the remainder of the 2021 season. Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times confirms that it is a Major League deal.
BREAKING: The Dodgers and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols are in agreement on a major-league deal for the remainder of the season, per source.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) May 15, 2021
Pujols was released by the Angels earlier this month. After his massive 10-year deal didn’t work out the way they had hoped, Anaheim cut him loose and will cover his $30 million deal. The Dodgers will only need to pay a prorated league minimum
It’s not immediately clear where Pujols would plug in. Defensively, he is no longer at a place to provide real support with the glove. The Dodgers would probably use him in a pinch-hit role when not having the designated hitter.
The Dodgers have yet to make any official announcement on the signing. Expect that to come soon as Pujols officially cleared waivers to become a free agent this week.