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Albert Pujols returns to Cardinals on 1-year deal

Albert Pujols looking on

Albert Pujols may be getting his Disney movie ending.

Pujols was considering a few teams in free agency. But the 42-year-old slugger has agreed on a 1-year deal to return to his original team: the St. Louis Cardinals.

The team reportedly envisions Pujols as a late-inning righty bat off the bench. Pujols crushed left-handed pitching last season, which makes him useful as a platoon/situational player.

Obviously, Pujols is a beloved ex-Cardinal whom the fans will likely welcome back with open arms. He spent the first 11 seasons of his career in St. Louis, won three MVPs there, and delivered the city two World Series titles.

Pujols is benefiting from the universal DH rule being implemented in 2022, giving him a market among both AL and NL teams and allowing for extra flexibility to get him in the lineup.

Photo: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

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