A source has announced the Los Angeles Dodgers sign Albert Pujols is official. The first source to report the signing was Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times. He reported it this afternoon at 3:15 pm CDT.
Financial terms have not been disclosed yet, nor have the Dodgers provided any thoughts as to when Pujols would join the team. There have been no public confirmations from the Dodgers on the signing. That is expected to happen shortly.
Dodgers Sign Albert Pujols: The Chase Ends
Pujols was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels on May 6th and cleared waivers on May 13th. According to Robert Murray, several teams were rumored to be considering pursuing Pujols, including his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
However, Murray has, within the last half hour, confirmed the reports of Pujols signing with the Dodgers.
Pujols, who is purportedly 41 years old, signed with the Angels in December of 2011 for 10 years and $250,000. He was in the last year of that contract when the Angels designated him for assignment. Pujols was hitting .198 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 86 at-bats this season. The Angels decided that they no longer needed him, as youngster Jared Walsh is ready for prime time. So, Pujols was unceremoniously dumped by the Angels.
In signing with the Angels, Pujols will remain in Los Angeles, which works out well for him and his family. while Pujols had expressed a desire to return to St. Louis, signing with the Dodgers is a convenient move for the rest of the season. It would seem that he will be primarily a pinch-hitter with the Dodgers, although he may occasionally play first base, as well. That remains to be seen at this point.
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