The Los Angeles Angels have lost four straight games to fall to 13-16 on the season, and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols is slashing only .198/.250/.372 with five home runs and 12 RBI.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Angels confirmed ahead of Thursday's game versus the Tampa Bay Rays that they've parted ways with Pujols.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the 41-year-old who is fifth on the all-time list with 667 career home runs does not want to be a mere spectator inside dugouts this summer.
The Los Angeles Angels are releasing future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols today, per sources. Pujols is in the final year of his 10-year, $253 million contract.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) May 6, 2021
Albert Pujols wanted to be released if his playing time was going to be greatly reduced by the #Angels. He will get his wish. The #Angels notified Pujols that he will be officially released today, as @Feinsand reported.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 6, 2021
"The Angels Organization proudly signed Albert Pujols in 2011, and are honored that he has worn an Angels jersey for nearly half of his Hall-of-Fame Career," Angels owner Arte Moreno said for the prepared statement. "Albert’s historical accomplishments, both on and off the field, serve as an inspiration to athletes everywhere, and his actions define what it means to be a true Superstar. Since his Rookie of the Year Season in 2001, Albert and his wife Deidre have generously given their time and resources to countless charities throughout the world. We are thankful to the entire Pujols Family."
A few individuals had ideas for where Pujols could continue his career.
Is Albert Pujols on the White Sox yet— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 6, 2021
White Sox centerfielder Albert Pujols https://t.co/CSsuw9DJp0— Jon Tayler, Top 0.1% On OnlyJons (@JATayler) May 6, 2021
Future White Sox left fielder Albert Pujols. https://t.co/xTLjMRx2qI— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) May 6, 2021
Of course, Pujols could return to the St. Louis Cardinals to retire as a member of the organization where he spent his first 11 seasons and won three National League Most Valuable Player awards.