MLB rumors: NL team exits Albert Pujols chase, keeping Cardinals reunion hopes alive

Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Free Agency, St. Louis Cardinals

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With one NL team bowing out of the Albert Pujols chase, it leaves open the possibility that the future hall of famer could return to the St. Louis Cardinals.

An Albert Pujols reunion with the St. Louis Cardinals is more of a reality now that one NL team is no longer in the mix to sign the veteran free agent.

Pujols first became a superstar in St. Louis. After winning the 2011 World Series, he signed with the Los Angeles Angels, a team he exhausted the rest of his prime with. Pujols finished the 2021 MLB season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but is now a free agent. Though it remains to be seen if he will return to St. Louis, Jon Heyman reports the Colorado Rockies are no longer a real suitor.

Heyman said the Seattle Mariners could be interested in Pujols, and potentially the Cardinals, but it is time to safely cross off the Rockies from consideration.

Albert Pujols free agency: Cardinals still in the mix after Rockies bow out

The Cardinals are looking for a bat and with the DH being universal, it makes a St. Louis return for Pujols all the more possible. While he could have added to his impressive stats big time playing at altitude in Denver, Colorado is not in a position to contend. As far as the Mariners, they are hoping to end their North American professional sports franchise worst playoff drought this MLB season.

Seattle is in the mix for Kris Bryant, and the Mariners may land the star. What makes Seattle an odd fit for Pujols is he did not have the best working relationship with his former Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto. He supposedly sided with former skipper Mike Scioscia in disputes over the man who is charge of building the Mariners. Water may be under the bridge, but this is something.

Pujols returning to St. Louis would be cool, but he far from the star he once was for the Cardinals.

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