Albert Pujols to the White Sox? No way.

  • Albert Pujols, with his son A.J. Alberto Jr., holds the World Series trophy with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and general manager Walt Jocketty after winning Game 5 against Detroit Oct. 27, 2006, in St. Louis. Pujols was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels Thursday.

    Albert Pujols, with his son A.J. Alberto Jr., holds the World Series trophy with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and general manager Walt Jocketty after winning Game 5 against Detroit Oct. 27, 2006, in St. Louis. Pujols was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels Thursday. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/7/2021 6:52 AM

Albert Pujols, designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels Thursday, might be done playing.

If he continues, it should not be in a White Sox uniform.

 

The oldest active player in the majors has 5 homers and 12 RBI while batting .198 in 24 games.

For multiple reasons, Pujols doesn't fit in the Sox's lineup no matter how many power hitters are on the shelf.

The White Sox need help in left field and center with Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert out with long-term injuries. Pujols is not an option at either spot and he hasn't played in the outfield since 2003.

The 41-year-old icon is a first baseman and designated hitter, and the Sox are set with reigning MVP Jose Abreu and rookie sensation Yermin Mercedes at those respective spot.

Pujols was instrumental in the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series in 2006 and 2011 under manager Tony La Russa. He is a three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star.

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The first-ballot Hall of Famer has 667 home runs, fifth all-time behind Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Alex Rodriguez. He has 2,112 RBI, trailing only Aaron and Ruth. And his 5,995 total bases are fifth behind Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays and Bonds.

Mays, Aaron, Rodriguez and Pujols are the only players in history with 3,000 hits and 600 homers.

Those are impressive career numbers, but Pujols' best days are way behind him and he'd be a bad fit with the White Sox.

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