An insider that’s knowledgeable about what’s going on with Albert Pujols says he’s signing a major league deal with the LA Dodgers. The source spoke on a condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the deal is to be finalized on Monday. Here are the highlights:
- Veteran baseman Pujols left the Los Angeles Angles earlier this month for another opportunity. He was in the final season of a 10-year contract (worth $240 million).
- His longtime Angels teammate and friend Mike Trout said that he’s happy that he’s getting an opportunity elsewhere.
- Pujols is making $30 million this season and the Dodgers will only pay him the pro-rated minimum, which is $420,000. The Angels will foot the rest of his pay.
- Even with Pujols being the 5th in major league history with 667 career homers and 13th in overall hits, he hasn’t put up major stats that he did a decade ago in his prime. The Angels said Pujols requested his departure because he wanted to play every day instead of just being around as a backup player.
- There’s still no telling if the 3-time NL MVP Pujols will be playing every day when they have veteran Max Muncy as their first baseman.
- Former NL MVP Cody Bellinger has been out since the first series, so chances are Pujols may pick up the slack and get some good games in.
- It’ll be interesting to see how Pujols fairs with the Dodgers being the defending champions and 8-time NL West champs.