May 6, 2021
BY Lance Cartelli

Angels Release Albert Pujols in Final Season of 10-Year Deal

Albert Pujols' career could be coming to an end. 

The 10-time All-Star was designated for assignment Thursday by the Los Angeles Angels, potentially paving the way for the 41-year-old slugger to retire. 

"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 in a 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."

Pujols, who signed a $240 million pact with the Angels in 2021, has struggled with injuries since joining the Halos. 

This season, the Machine is batting just .198 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 86 at-bats. 

Before inking that massive contract with the Angels, Pujols was one of the premier hitters in baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 11 seasons with the Cards, Pujols mashed 445 career homers while batting .328. 

The oldest player in the majors this season, Pujols currently ranks fifth in career homers (667) and second in RBIs behind only Hank Aaron. 

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