Just two weeks ago, it was mentioned The cardinals were contemplating such a move. But club president Bill DeWitt Jr. seemed to throw some cold water on the idea, saying, “We’ve put most of our squad down pretty well.” However, the club appears to have warmed up to the idea of bringing Pujols back to where he started his career and had one of his best seasons.
Pujols was drafted by the Cardinal in 1999 and made his MLB debut with the club in 2001. Over the course of 11 seasons from 2001 through 2011, he made 445 home runs and made an astonishing .328/.420/.617 for 167 that was a major reason that The club was always competitive at the time, making the postseason in 7 of those 11 seasons and winning the World Championship in 2006 and 2011. to a ten-year deal worth $254 million covering the 2012-2021 seasons. Pujols continued to reach above the league average during the first five years of that deal, despite a few notches below what he did as a Cardinal. From there, things only got worse, coming in at just 0.242/.291/.406 from 2017 to 2020, producing just a WRC+84. After 24 games last year, with only a few months remaining on his contract, Angels was released. Surprisingly enough, he was chosen by the Dodgers, who planned to limit the veteran hitter to a seat/platoon role, pitting against mainly lefties. The strategy worked well enough, Pujols hitting .254/.299/.460 as a Dodger, WRC+101.
According to Woo’s report, the Cardinals will consider reuniting with the Pujols to implement his skills in a manner similar to the way the Dodgers did last year. She notes that the club has traditionally shied away from platoon strategies in the past, but has been a new manager Oliver Marmol plan to change that. Paul Goldschmidt Strongly entrenched as the club’s first starting player, which means Pujols will be in a mix of DH/Hits, along with Corey DickersonAnd the Lars Notbar And the Juan Ypez. For Yepez, he seemed ready to make the team after a great year at the Palace. Between last year’s Double-A and Triple-A, it hit .286/.383/.586, for a WRC+ of 154. Then there Nolan Gormanwho also spent the last year between Double-A and Triple-A, scoring .279/.333/.481, a WRC+ of 115. However, Woo states that because Yepez is only 24 and Gorman hasn’t turned 22 A year to May, the club is considering a plan in which they each spend a little more time getting regular representatives, waiting for the opportunity to open up as the season progresses.
No matter how the list’s machinations work, this move will surely have the biggest resonance in the PR department. In St. Louis, Pujols established himself as one of the greatest hitters of his generation and more or less secured himself a future induction into the Hall of Fame. Back to where it all began for the 42-year-old would surely be a very popular story with Cardinals fans and baseball fans in general.