Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Dodgers finalize one-year contract

Apr 27, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) reacts during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Slugger Albert Pujols signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team announced Monday.

Right-hander Tony Gonsolin was transferred to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster for Pujols.

Pujols, 41, cleared waivers last Thursday after being designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels on May 6.

The Angels are on the hook to pay the rest of Pujols’ $30 million salary. The Dodgers are only responsible for paying the 10-time All-Star a prorated share of the league minimum for the rest of the season.

In his 21st season, Pujols is batting just .198 and slugging .372 through 24 games with five home runs and 12 RBIs.

The first baseman/designated hitter has 3,253 hits, 667 homers and 2,112 RBIs during a career in which he won three National League MVP awards during 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He joined the Angels after the 2011 season and was in the final season of a 10-year, $240 million contract.

Pujols, considered a sure Hall of Famer, won World Series rings with the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.

With the defending World Series champion Dodgers, he provides a right-handed bench bat and an experienced backup for first baseman Max Muncy.

Gonsolin, 27, has yet to pitch this season. He owns a 6-4 record with a 2.60 ERA in 20 career games (14 starts) with the Dodgers.

–Field Level Media