Albert Pujols became a free agent on Thursday, a week after the Angels named him for an assignment. Neither team chose to trade for the 41-year-old first baseman / DH or ask for waivers.
The question is, will a team bite him and sign him now that he’s free to go anywhere?
Obviously, there is interest.
According to Robert Murray of FanSided, three or four teams are “in” on Pujols.
There are 3-4 teams on free first baseman Albert Pujols. The 41-year-old, recently released by the Los Angeles Angels, has indicated he wants to continue playing.
– Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) May 14, 2021
It would make sense that Pujols would interest some clubs. Although his batting average was only .198 before his release, he completed five homers, bringing his career tally to 667. The future Hall of Fame can still provide power and would be a club. -house ideal as a mentor.
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Murray’s report leads to another question: Are the Cardinals part of the interested teams? Early speculations included Saint-Louis as a possible destination for Pujols, who spent the first 11 years of his career with the Cardinals. But Athletic’s Katie Woo reported on Friday that the signing of Pujols to St. Louis “looks like a long shot.”
The Cardinals have had limited internal conversations about the return of Albert Pujols, a free agent since yesterday, I’m told. Nothing definitive. They did not contact the Pujol camp. But it’s a topic they discussed internally. Always seems like a long shot.
– Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) May 14, 2021
It makes sense for the Cardinals to hesitate, given that Paul Goldschmidt is rooted as an everyday first baseman. As SN’s Ryan Fagan detailed, Goldschmidt doesn’t take a lot of days off, so it would be difficult for Saint-Louis to give Pujols enough playing time.
That said, Pujols would be a positive club presence and he’s a beloved St. Louis character so never say never.
Still, at this point, it looks like Pujols would be a better fit for another club. He might also consider playing for his native Dominican Republic and help him qualify for this year’s Summer Olympics.