Should Albert Pujols stop performing, he won't expect the Angels to pay. At least that's what he hinted at over the weekend. The veteran slugger does not want his contract to become an albatross. He doesn't want to saddle the Angels with a huge payroll if he's not producing.
Last season, Pujols struggled to get things going, but he performed well for most of the second half. His numbers were star-worthy, but not super-star-worthy. And perhaps he realizes his the struggles over his last two seasons may continue. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Pujols will not allow himself to be an embarrassment. He would walk away if he can't compete any more.
"God has given me ability and talent, but the day I feel like I can't compete any more on this level, I'm not going to embarrass myself," Pujols said. "I'm going to walk off. Whether that's next year, two years from now, only God knows."
Pujols is hitting just .188 to start the season, but he has two home runs and is drawing walks like he used to. Perhaps hit bat will continue to heat up. Perhaps not. The Angels spent a lot of money on Pujols, so it's refreshing to see a player willing to call it a career if he stops producing. It doesn't seem likely that this would happen anytime soon with Pujols, but it's worth watching.
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