Albert Pujols: Top three landing spots for former Angel
By Evan Desai
Finally, the Baltimore Orioles should maybe take a look at the sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Not much has gone right for the O’s this season, or any season after 2016. Sitting at 16-21, it may be now or never for the Orioles to turn it around in the historically great AL East.
Ranking 12th out of 15th in the AL in both home runs and on-base percentage, 13th in OPS, and among the bottom half in batting average, it’s safe to say that something needs to change in Baltimore.
Chris Davis is still on the IL, and while he’s performed rather embarrassingly for the past four years, the Orioles need him in the lineup. He’s still collecting paychecks from his seven-year/$161 million contract he’s signed up for through 2022, and the Orioles could use a power bat to try to replace Davis.
Pujols hasn’t been much for a long time, but neither has Davis. Pujols would at least fill the void for when Davis gets injured, which tends to happen very frequently these days.
Unfortunately for Pujols, none of these teams are any good, except hopefully for Kansas City, the Royals could maybe bounce back and get back to their early-season form.
Pujols has made it clear that he wants to keep playing, but he’ll have to make a decision soon regarding whether he wants to play for a bottom-of-the-barrel team or not. He hasn’t played for a winner in quite some time, and that may be important to him.
Pujols is 41, and Pujols at this age is certainly no elite option. These three clubs need to try to catch lightning in a bottle, however, and maybe this is their chance.