Albert Pujols reportedly drawing interest from 3-4 teams

By , Audacy Sports

Albert Pujols officially became a free agent Thursday, after the Angels designated him for assignment last week and he went unclaimed. At the very least, there appears to be some interest in the future Hall of Famer.

Robert Murray of FanSided says that "there are 3-4 teams in on" Pujols, who is interested in continuing his MLB career. We don't know at this time which teams these are, or to what extent they are interested.

The two potential fits that people are most intrigued by are the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox.

Pujols, of course, spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Cardinals, winning three National League MVPs and two World Series titles. The problem is that the Cardinals have Paul Goldschmidt at first base, and there isn't a DH in the National League in 2021.

The White Sox are managed by Tony La Russa, Pujols' long-time skipper in St. Louis, who said as far back as 2003 that the first baseman was the greatest player that he's ever managed. However, with reigning American League MVP José Abreu at first base and breakout star Yermin Mercedes at DH, La Russa said that "there is no fit" for Pujols at this stage.

In theory, Pujols is a better fit for the American League, where he could DH. However, given that he's slashed .198/.250/.372 in 86 at-bats this season, it's hard to imagine a team (especially a contending one) committing to Pujols as their full-time DH anyway.

The reality is that Pujols' best path forward may to be patient and hope that a team in late August is interested in adding him as a potential bench option that could win a game with one swing in September or October. Whether the 41-year-old would be interested in such a role is unclear.

A 10-time All-Star, Pujols is fifth in MLB history with 667 home runs. Pujols is 29 home runs behind Alex Rodriguez for fourth in MLB history, and 33 away from 700.

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