We’re less than two weeks away from baseball starting, but there are plenty of names left on the free-agent board. As MLB teams continue to go through camp and injuries or delays start to pile up, we should see a decent number of these names getting deals. That could possibly include Albert Pujols.
After a resurgence with the Dodgers, Pujols generated interest from a few different MLB teams in free agency. The 42-year-old slashed .254/.299/.460 when he went to Los Angeles after being cut loose from the Angels. That was good for a slightly above MLB average OPS-plus of 101.
At his age, there isn’t much left for Pujols to lend to a team on the field. He could thrive with a younger team though, getting at-bats occasionally and mentoring guys in the clubhouse. But you can’t help but sort of root for a return to St Louis for Albert.
The latest report from ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez says that their interest in a reunion was intensifying last night. That deal reportedly also got done last night, with Pujols set to earn $2.5 million on a big league deal. As a baseball fan, there is no better story arc than Pujols returning to the Cards to wrap up his career.
He spent 11 seasons with the Cardinals before signing a massive free-agent deal with the Angels. In those 11 years, Pujols posted a 1.037 OPS and hit 445 homeruns to become one of their greatest franchise players. A return there could be very cool to watch, even if you’re a Dodgers fan.
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