LOS ANGELES – Albert Pujols was released by the Los Angeles Angels after going through waivers on Thursday, a week after the powerful 41-year-old hitter was called up for subpoena.
Pujols therefore becomes a free agent and is free to sign a contract with any team.
The Angels still have to pay him the salary of US $ 30 million expected in the final season of a 10-year contract. The team that would contract Pujols would only have to pay him a prorated share of the Majors’ minimum of $ 570,500, which would be offset by what the Angels owe him.
Pujols has maintained a .198 batting average and a .622 powerhouse attendance average this season, with five homers and 12 RBIs.
He is fifth in Major League history in home runs (667) and 13th in hits (3253). Pujols has been named the National’s MVP on three occasions and has won two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
In his career, Pujols boasts a batting average of .298 and an attendance plus power average of .921. He was selected 10 times in the All-Star Game and was the oldest active player in Major League Baseball.
With the Cardinals, he posted a .328 batting average and a 1.037 powerhouse attendance average. His numbers declined with the Angels, with a .256 batting average and .758 power-plus presence average.