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Albert Pujols is signing on with the Los Angeles Dodgers to play out the rest of the season.
After being released by the Los Angeles Angels, Albert Pujols does not even have to move to find his new team, as he is joining the Los Angeles Dodgers for the rest of the season. Jorge Castillo reported the news of the future Hall of Famer signing with the reigning World Series champions.
Pujols had spent the better part of a decade playing in relative anonymity for the Halos. He signed a massive 10-year deal with the Angels after winning his second World Series title as a member of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. While a potential reunion with his former St. Louis skipper Tony La Russa on the Chicago White Sox could have been on the table, Pujols may win another title in L.A.
As expected, Twitter had quite the reaction to Pujols signing with the Dodgers on Saturday.
Albert Pujols has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in his free agency
This signing was a bit out of left field, as many people would have thought Pujols would have joined another American League team this late into his career because that would afford him the opportunity to DH on a regular basis.
While some people seem to like Pujols joining the Dodgers, most are questioning the logic behind the Dodgers signing him in the first place. Maybe he can play some first base with Max Muncy moving over to second base for some starts to take some pressure off the struggling Gavin Lux? Pujols has shown the ability to hit left-handed pitching before his release, an area the Dodgers can improve on, so look for Pujols to get his at bats against southpaws.
Besides not having to move, perhaps the most interesting nugget in Pujols going to the Dodgers is his great friendship with Placido Polanco, who works in the Dodgers front office these days.
If the Dodgers can get it right this summer, Pujols might be able to win a third ring.