Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 10/25/14
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a $137 million white flag you see being waved atop the Big A. As was suspected after he re-aggravated his foot on Friday night, the Angels announced that Albert Pujols has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and will quite likely miss the rest of the season. As devastating as that might sound, it is actually a stroke of serendipity for the Angels who have been putting on a charade for the last few weeks that they might not decide to sell or possibly even buy. Now they don't have to pretend anymore because the long awaited decision on shutting down Pujols was gift wrapped for them when he came up lame with that tear. Now he is either going to have miss several months for the tear to heal or get surgery that will keep him out three months to repair the damage. Either way, he isn't coming back, even if the Halos aren't announcing such due to some misplaced marketing ideas. With Pujols out of the way, the Angels can continue their transition into an evaluate and sell strategy that they covertly began earlier this month. First it was increasing Hank Conger's playing time, then Brendan Harris was cut loose in favor of Tommy Field and more recently, it was moving Garrett Richards into the rotation in place of Joe Blanton. Moving forward they will, hopefully hand most, if not all, of Pujols' playing time to Kole Calhoun to see just how much everyone's favorite Triple-A slugger is capable of producing at the big league level. Calhoun won't be the last of the call-ups though. Rumors are already circulating that the Angels have placed Scott Downs, Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick on the trading block. At least one of those guys will be shipped out and minor league reinforcements will be promoted, even though the Angels don't have all the many prospects ready for the Show. Maybe they will just see what lesser prospects like Matt Shoemaker, Andrew Romine, Luis Jimenez and Michael Roth are capable of as they audition for depth roles in 2014, or they can go with a trial by fire for the likes of Taylor Lindsey, Nick Maronde and C.J. Cron. Whoever gets traded or promoted is incidental at this point because whatever they do, it is all about figuring out what the Angels need to do to position themselves to return to contention in 2014. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Did Marshawn Lynch grab his crotch after touchdown run?

Sherman has torn ligaments, Thomas dislocated shoulder

Goodell turns gown interview with NBC before Super Bowl

Insider information suspected on National Anthem betting

Giants co-owner Ann Mara dies at age 85

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pats-Seahawks tickets most expensive in S.B. history

Report: Seahawks offer Lynch a huge contract

Super Bowl matchup of low round QBs a rarity

Reporter who broke Deflategate story receiving death threats

Sherman not expecting baby on Super Bowl Sunday

Report: Peyton Manning likely to announce return shortly

Overtime rules: what happens if Patriots, Seahawks are tied

Seahawks get away with roughing the kicker on punt?

Marshawn Lynch rocks gold cleats during pregame

Earl Thomas did not like ‘Legion of Boom’ nickname at first

WATCH: Kevin Love booed by fans in return to Minnesota

WATCH: Gregg Popovich gets nailed in head with a shot

Tom Brady sounds fired up for Super Bowl

Deion Sanders’ charter school shut down

The six most popular players in Super Bowl XLIX

Tony Dungy voted for Bobby Wagner for NFL MVP

Patriots' footballs were 'just a few ticks' under limit?

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Seahawks make Lynch a huge offer?

Super Bowl matchup of low-round QBs a rarity

Kevin Love booed in Minnesota return

Deion’s charter school shut down

Dungy cast the Wagner MVP vote

Report: Jets, Bills to pursue Revis

Did the Falcons pipe in crowd noise?

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.