Angels Shut Down Albert Pujols
- Updated: August 19, 2013
Albert Pujols has been shut down by opposing pitchers in the American League since he signed a mega-free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Now the Angels have decided to shut Albert Pujols down themselves, for the rest of the 2013 season.
Pujols was told he had a tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot in July and would have to wear a boot until mid to late August. Pujols’ told the Angels all along that he wanted to play again this season, but in the end the parties agreed it would be mutually beneficial if Pujols didn’t play again in 2013.
This season Pujols hit .258 with a .330 on-base-percentage and .437 slugging percentage. He finished the season with 17 home runs and 64 RBI. Before this season, Pujols had never played less than 143 games in a season.
Pujols has eight years left on his contract with the Angels that totals well over $200 million. Could the 33-year old slugger become the baseball version of a boat anchor?