13:05: The angels formally announced that Pujols has been appointed to the task. DFA is largely a formality, as Pujols and the remainder of his $ 30MM salary will be unsolicited upon waiver. It is possible that the Halos could work out some kind of trade where they effectively eat all the remaining pay, but a release is highly likely.
“The Angels’ organization proudly signed Albert Pujols in 2011 and is honored to have worn an Angels jersey for almost half of his Hall-of-Fame career,” owner Arte Moreno said in a statement announcing the move . Albert’s historic achievements, both on and off the field, serve as inspiration for athletes everywhere, and his actions define what it means to be a true superstar. Since his Rookie of the Year season in 2001
12:51: Angels releases first baseman / designated hitter Albert Pujols today, reports MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). He is in the final season of his historic 10-year contract.
It is a shocking end to one of the greatest contracts in Major League history, although from a purely performance standpoint it is hard to mistake. The 41-year-old Pujols has connected to five homers in 2021, but hits only .198 / .250 / .372 overall. He has only pulled two unintentional walks in his 92 trips to the record this season. The results in 2020 were equally disappointing, and Pujols has a total .214 / .263 / .387 line across his previous 255 record appearances.
Pujols’ care for the angels has become increasingly difficult given Shohei Ohtani‘s flat-out expertise on the plate and the appearance of slugger Jared Walsh. The 26-year-old Ohtani hits .264 / .316 / .623 with nine home runs through 114 record appearances. Walsh, a former pick from the 37th round, has built on last year’s surprising production with a ridiculous .333 / .412 / .576 line in 114 record appearances, bringing his total production back to last year to a robust .313 / .369 /.611 in 222 record appearances.
Even with Pujols forced into action on first base, this is a fantastic development. Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports that Pujols was unhappy not only with the fact that he was benched against rays left Ryan Yarbrough last night – against whom he is 6-for-9 with a few homers in his career – but that the decision to sit him down was made by the front office rather than by manager Joe Maddon. The extent to which the alleged frustration contributed to today’s move is not clear.
More on the way.