Slumping Slugger Pujols Cut by Angels, Still Wants to Play
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols has been cut by the Los Angeles Angels, abruptly ending the 41-year-old superstar slugger’s decade with his second major league team. The Angels designated him for assignment on Thursday. Angels manager Joe Maddon says Pujols still wants to play. Pujols is fifth in major league history with 667 career homers, and he is 13th with 3,253 hits. The oldest active player in the majors, he is batting .198 this season with five homers and 12 RBIs. Pujols joined the Angels in late 2011 after 11 successful seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Angels have not won a playoff game during the concurrent tenures of Pujols and three-time AL MVP Mike Trout.