This time last season, the Los Angeles Angels‘ faithful were already calling the Albert Pujols signing a bone-headed move.
Well, it’s safe to say that those same fans are screaming at the Angels’ front office for bringing the three-time MVP to California. Pujols has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn left foot, yet it sounds like No. 5 won’t be returning to an MLB diamond at all in 2013. Ouch.
Say what you will, but Pujols has battled injury all year and only Mark Trumbo has more home runs for the Angles this season. I understand that his .258 batting average isn’t what we’ve come to expect from Prince Albert, but he isn’t the reason for the Angels awful season. Rather than scapegoat Pujols, Los Angeles should be swearing up a storm about the idiotic Josh Hamilton signing that the team made this offseason.
The Angels swiped Hamilton away from the divisional rival Texas Rangers to the tune of $125 million over five years.
Surely the increase in cash hasn’t helped Hamilton any as he is barely hitting .220 and has a pitiful OPS at .680 — Hamilton won the AL MVP in 2010 and lead the league with a 1.044 OPS.
Meanwhile, someone on the Angels is going to have to step up as Pujols leaves a rather large void. Look for a platoon player like Peter Bourjos to take advantage of playing everyday at the DH spot that Pujols leaves vacant.