Albert Pujols: Top three landing spots for former Angel
By Evan Desai
Next, another team that could make some sense is the Kansas City Royals.
Now, I want to make it clear that I do not think the Royals are particularly awful offensively. They rank in the middle of the league in batting average.
They, like Detroit, struggle in the power department, however. They too only have hit 34 bombs this year. They rank 20th in the MLB this year in both slugging percentage and OPS.
Pujols has also played in Missouri before obviously with the St. Louis Cardinals. He’d potentially be more open to a move back over to the Midwest like that and that potential transition could come a bit easier considering his familiarity with the state.
Also, Pujols could be beneficial to Royals’ first baseman Carlos Santana. He didn’t look like himself last year, with a .199 batting average and just eight home runs in all 60 games for the Indians.
Santana has looked better this year no doubt, but having a veteran come in and provide an element of leadership to a player who’s not old and should have many more years left could really be influential to a career. Not to mention the Royals are a team that started off hot, but has struggled as of late and been swept in each of their last three series. Having a top five right-handed hitter of all time to come into the clubhouse and maybe talk some sense into the guys could really help.