ST. LOUIS– Albert Pujols, the Cardinals slugger who left St. Louis following the 2011 World Championship season to sign a 10-year contract with the Angels, has been designated for assignment, ending his Angels career.
At the beginning of the season, there was a brief social media storm when Pujols’ wife suggested that he would in fact retire at season’s end. The family backed off the idea soon after.
Pujols is hitting .198, with 14 hits in 86 at-bats for Los Angeles, but does have five home runs for the Angels.
The news of his departure from Los Angeles came up during Thursday afternoon’s broadcast of the Cardinals game against the New York Mets.
“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. 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,” said Angels owner Arte Moreno in a statement.
Under MLB rules, “When a player’s contract is designated for assignment — often abbreviated “DFA” — that player is immediately removed from his club’s 40-man roster. Within seven days of the transaction, the player can either be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.”
Pujols also signed a personal services contract with the Angels as part of the deal upon leaving St. Louis. It is unclear what Thursday’s news for that arrangement.