When Albert Pujols was released by the Los Angeles Angels last season, speculation ramped up on the odds of the three-time National League MVP Award winner rejoining the St. Louis Cardinals. In the end, Pujols wound up signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers instead.
Now with the implementation of the universal designated hitter, there is now talk once again on the possibility of Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. bringing back Pujols.
When asked on Friday if he and Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak would entertain the idea of signing Pujols, DeWitt shied away from providing a direct declaration on whether such a reunion could be in the works.
“[Mozeliak and I] haven’t talked much about our team, to be honest,” DeWitt said. “But we’ve got most of our club pretty well set.”
Pujols was recently linked with the Cardinals on Friday, but the report did note that the Colorado Rockies are the team that has shown the “most interest” in signing the veteran slugger.
Overall, the Cardinals have been active in free agency, but unlike in previous offseasons, they have not bolstered their lineup with a notable move.
It remains to be seen on the Cardinals’ plans for their DH in the upcoming season. In the shortened 2020 campaign, the likes of Paul Goldschmidt (six starts) and Tyler O’Neil (two starts) featured as a DH over the year. The Cardinals sure will have plenty of options available to be their go-to DH, from Paul de Jong to possibly Pujols.