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LA Angels Free Agency Breakdown: First Base

By Vincent Page
DETROIT, MI - MAY 31: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sits in the dugout during the ninth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MAY 31: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sits in the dugout during the ninth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 04: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Cleveland Indians talks with Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the outfield before their game at Progressive Field on August 4, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Angels 3-0. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 04: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Cleveland Indians talks with Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the outfield before their game at Progressive Field on August 4, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Angels 3-0. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) /

After Albert Pujols‘ season ended early for the LA Angels, they had a handful of players occupy first base to end the season. None of the young players flashed, which leaves the Halos with a predicament heading into free agency.

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The LA Angels are not likely to heavily invest in first base over the offseason. Albert Pujols has vocalized his hopes to play as many games in the field as possible. As Halo fans know, as long as Pujols is on the team, he is playing. And if he is going to be playing in 2019, he’ll have to play first base with Shohei Ohtani acting as the everyday designated hitter.

However, Pujols hasn’t been the icon of health recently. He hasn’t been an everyday first baseman in years, and the Angels can’t afford to play him over Ohtani at designated hitter this season. First base is one of the easier positions to play, but acquiring depth pieces might be something they’re interested in.

As always, we’ll take a look at a big name free agent, a depth piece, and a wild card player. As I mentioned though, the only way Pujols isn’t the starter at first is if he is injured or not on the team. So in the case of a last-minute Pujols’ retirement…

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