One of FanSided’s own broke huge news regarding former LA Angel Albert Pujols.
Albert Pujols was DFA’d by the LA Angels last week, and our Robert Murray has reported that there are three to four teams interested in signing the first baseman. While Murray has not revealed which three to four teams it is, I can at least tell you which teams should be interested in the future Hall of Famer.
It’s got to be somebody in the American League. Sure, there could be National League teams interested, but I don’t know how much good that would do for an NL club.
An AL club has options for Pujols, because of a more consistent designated hitter spot available. There are more opportunities for an AL team to bank on a slumping Pujols, who is batting just .198 with 12 RBI in 24 games this season.
He’s not playing well, but we’re almost a quarter of the way into the season. Some teams are getting desperate, and could maybe make a move. It’s hard to recommend Pujols to a team based on his struggles these past four seasons, but of all the desperate teams, the Detroit Tigers might need to take this gamble the most.
The Tigers are second-to-last in American League OPS (.641), as well as home runs (34). They’re batting an awful .220 as a team, and could potentially use a spark.
Now, it’s very unclear whether Pujols would give them that spark, but the hope would be that he just needed a change of scenery in order to give this league one last go in 2021.
Besides, while Pujols has been rather terrible at the plate this year, he actually has hit a decent amount of home runs this year considering he’s only played in just 24 games. His five homers in 24 games would average out to about 33 longballs over a full season.
For a team that’s struggling to hit for power, Pujols could be an option maybe worth exploring.