The Los Angeles Angels did something that nobody saw coming. On Thursday afternoon, they announced that they were releasing Albert Pujols who has one year left on the huge contract that he signed in 2011. That is a stunning move because of what he has meant to that team for the last decade. Let’s be clear about something, Albert Pujols is one of the best hitters in the history of the sport. He would be a terrible addition for the Chicago White Sox for a variety of reasons.
The Chicago White Sox would be foolish to bring in Albert Pujols right now.
Yes, the White Sox need an extra bat now that Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert are going to be gone for most of the season. That is a lot of offense missing because Robert and Jimenez are sensational hitters. It is also a tough loss in terms of speed and defense when talking about Robert. Albert Pujols doesn’t help with any of it.
By leaving the Angels, they get better. He has a -0.5 WAR for a reason. His slash of .198/.250/.372 with an OPS of .622 is horrible. He has five home runs which are nice along with 12 RBIs and nine runs scored but the rest of his game doesn’t compliment that power. It wouldn’t be a good fit in terms of baseball which is the most important thing.
Yes, Pujols has a history with Tony La Russa. He is also very good friends with Jose Abreu. Those details are all fine and dandy. However, Abreu has plenty of friends on the team, and winning should be the most important thing. Albert Pujols doesn’t help baseball teams win in 2021.
Of course, we don’t want to watch Billy Hamilton or Jake Lamb anymore. That doesn’t mean you can replace them with someone equally as ineffective. Pujols is a first-ballot Hall of Fame player because he is fifth all-time in home runs and second all-time in RBIs. He is a ten-time All-Star and a World Series champion. There is a lot to love about his career and the way he played the game. However, he does nothing for you in the present day.
There are plenty of options out there that can actually play the outfield and are much better hitters. They might have to give up something in a trade or pay more money but winning comes at a price for everyone. This is something that shouldn’t be brought up by anyone anymore. It would be a terrible fit for all of the reasons mentioned above. Go win more baseball games with what you have until you find the right piece to come in and help.