One could imagine that Albert Pujols would be ready to call it a career. His legacy is set, with the final stop of his storied career coming in Cooperstown. He even proved that he had something left in the bat during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming a solid platoon option.
That resurgence was enough for Pujols to want to give it one more go. According to reports, he is looking to return in 2022, and has even signed up to play in the Dominican Winter League to show his skills for any interested teams.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols not done yet
After a disappointing start to the season led to his being released by the Angels, Pujols was at least useful during his time with the Dodgers. He posted a 101 OPS+ in his 204 plate appearances, hitting 12 homers and three doubles. Those numbers may be far from what he produced during his heyday in St. Louis, but they were certainly passable.
But Pujols did show the potential to be a useful bench option. He was still able to hit lefties well, with a combined .294/.336/.603 batting line in 146 plate appearances, hitting 13 homers. That production could make him a viable platoon option as a designated hitter or a backup first baseman.
That could particularly be the case next year. The designated hitter is expected to come to the National League, opening up more opportunities for Pujols. His ability to still play first helps as well, as he could theoretically take the diamond from time to time to give other players a partial day off.
Pujols is not going to command anything close to the salary he received from the Angels. However, if he performs well in the Dominican Winter League, he may be able to find a role on a major league team for the coming year. His time is not yet done.
Albert Pujols is looking to return to the majors for the 2022 season. The Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman may find a role next year after all.