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Angels Slugger Undergoes Surgery

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Angels DH Albert Pujols to miss time after foot surgery

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has undergone surgery to repair his right plantar fascia. The surgery was performed Friday by Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina. The Angels have stated that the estimated time for recovery for this procedure is 4 months, making a possible return to the lineup by Opening Day seem probable. The Angels and Pujols both are depending on Pujols’ history of being a quick healer benefiting them in shortening the recovery time. Pujols suffered from plantar fasciitis for the duration of the 2016 season, hitting .268 with 31 home runs and 119 RBI’s while playing in 152 games; most of them albeit designated hitter duties. Both Pujols and the Angels had previously ruled out surgery as an option earlier in the season.

Pujols signed a 10 year, 240 million dollar contract with the Anaheim Angels in 2012 making him one of the highest paid players in the history of the game. When the St. Louis Cardinals passed on resigning Pujols, they took a great deal of criticism from the mainstream media and baseball in general. Pujols’ previous contract in St. Louis was worth 100 million dollars over 7 years. Many analysts thought that St. Louis would sign him to a long-term deal making him a Cardinal for life. One thing they forgot to take note of: That isn’t the Cardinal way. When the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract, Pujols became a free agent. When the Angels signed him in 2012, he appeared in 154 games hitting .285 with 30 home runs and 105 RBI’s. The following year, it would be fair to say, the Angels experienced a little buyers remorse. Pujols played in 99 games hitting 17 home runs and driving in 64 runs. Pujols has bounced back nicely the last few seasons which begs to ask the question; is it time for the Angels to trade him? In a common sense way, the answer is yes. He’s an aging player who is still producing at an impressive clip. He’s valuable in all sense and purpose of the word, but at what cost?

When the baseball winter meetings kick off, trades will be proposed, you’ll hear names like Joey Votto, Chris Sale and Mike Trout. Mike Trout? Yes that name will certainly come up, but why not Pujols? The answer is simple. Money. Pujols is owed 140 million dollars over the next 5 years. His contract is laced with incentives, and has a full no trade clause giving him the power to veto any trade. In order to make his contract more trade worthy, the Angels would have to be willing to absorb a good portion of the money owed to Pujols. One thing is certain, Pujols is an inevitable first ballot Hall of Famer, a class act in every way, and an ambassador of the game. Angels fans line up hours before the game to get into the stadium to watch him take batting practice and they will cheer loudly when his name is announced as he digs into the batters box. The only question is, for how much longer?