Albert Pujols has been named to the Los Angeles Angels, the team announced Thursday.
Pujols are hitting .198 / .250 / .372 in 92 record appearances this season with five home runs and 12 RBIs. In his career, the 10-time All-Star has cut down .298 / .376 / .545 with 667 home runs and 2,112 RBIs.
Pujols, 41, is fifth in major league history in career homers and second after Hank Aaron in RBIs. He is fifth in doubles (669), total bases (5,955) and extra-base hits (1,352) and 13th in major league history with 3,253 hits. He is also the oldest active player in the majors.
“The angel organization proudly signed Albert Pujols in 2011 and is honored to have worn an angel shirt for nearly half of his Hall-of-Fame career,” angel owner Arte Moreno said in a statement. “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, Albert and his wife Deidre have generously “We have given our time and resources to countless charities around the world. We are grateful to the entire Pujols family.”
Once a player is assigned to a task, a team has seven days to either deal with the player or place him on irrevocable direct dropout. If the player goes without claim to exceptions, he can then be released.
The Angels are covered in the two positions Pujols played for the Angels – first base and designated hitter – with Jared Walsh and Shohei Ohtani respectively.
Pujols’ performance with Los Angeles has been mostly statistical, including the 500th and 600th homers and the 3,000. hit in his career. He was in the Opening Day lineup for the 21st season in a row, joining Pete Rose and Eddie Murray as the only major leagues to reach that milestone.
Pujols’ 10-year, $ 240 million contract with the Angels expires after this season, and he will earn $ 30 million in salary this year. He said in February that he had not decided whether he would continue to play after this season.
Pujols fought .328 with 445 homers while winning three NL MVP awards in 11 seasons with St. Louis Cardinals, but he has been a .256 hitter with 222 homers over nine seasons in Anaheim.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Alden Gonzalez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.