All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, in this case, there wasn’t a whole lot of good in it for the Angels. They gave out one of the largest MLB contracts to Albert Pujols back before the 2012 season and it didn’t pan out as they had hoped.
Today, the Angels shocked the MLB world by releasing the future hall of fame first baseman. Pujols was in the final year of a deal that was worth $253 million. He was set to make $30 million for the 2021 season which will go towards a retained salary on their payroll.
The deal itself when announced by the Angels almost 10 years ago was questionable. Pujols had already started to see some steep declines in his numbers, and age wasn’t in his favor. Most teams around MLB that were rumored to be in on him were looking for a shorter term, but the Angels swooped in with 10 years.
All of that culminated in a disappointing .256/.311/.447 slash line for Pujols in his time with the Angels. He hit 222 homeruns with the team but never got them to the playoff success that they had hoped for. On the plus side, he did provide a veteran presence for young players reaching the MLB level.
Given that the Angels released him and he did not retire, it’s entirely possible that Pujols will still look for a job this year. He offers almost nothing on the defensive side of the ball and very little with his bat anymore, so it’s tough to see a team taking a risk. But he could make sense for a rebuilding AL team that needs his veteran leadership.
Best of luck Albert, you were always fun to watch.