Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
7 days ago

Pujols was the hero in Tuesday's win over the Astros, going 1-for-4 and blasting a three-run home run in a 5-2 win.

EDGE Analysis

The aging slugger has struggled early on, slashing .204/.259/.333 even after his three-run blast Tuesday. A lower batting average was to be expected, but owners were hoping for a little more power from Pujols. It is still early, so the homers could be coming, but we shouldn't expect more than some pop and RBI production from the 37-year-old.

Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
1 week ago

Pujols is not in the lineup Monday against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

After playing in all of the Angels' first thirteen games, Pujols will get a breather as Jefrey Marte slides in as the DH. He should be back in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup.

Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
1 week ago

Pujols made his debut in the field Saturday, starting at first base and going 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 3-2 loss to Kansas City.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Mike Scioscia wanted to give Mike Trout a "rest day" without removing him from the lineup, so he penciled his MVP at designated hitter and gave Pujols the start in the field defensively for the first time this season. Scioscia said that he planned on using his slugger almost exclusively in the DH spot this year, which could put his first base eligibility in jeopardy for next season. If Pujols could see a start at first once a week, then he may be able to hit the eligibility requirements to retain his first base status next year. That is a bridge we will cross when we get there. As for this season, the 37-year-old remains a solid power source while batting in the heart of the Angels' lineup.

Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
2 weeks ago

Pujols went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a winning effort over the Mariners on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Pujols may be starting to wake up at the plate after recording a three-hit performance Saturday night. He's noticeably in decline at age 37, but he still managed to hit 31 homers and drive in 119 last year, so he remains fantasy relevant as a cheap source of power. Spending most of his time at designated hitter this year should keep him healthier, too.

Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
1 month ago

Manager Mike Scioscia said that he has no plans to play Pujols -- who is coming off of foot surgery this past offseason -- at first base this spring, and that it will stay that way indefinitely, according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register.

EDGE Analysis

Scioscia added that he felt comfortable with Pujols' defense if he needed to use him there in a pinch during the regular season. Luckily for most fantasy owners, the 37-year-old logged 28 games at first base last season, making him eligible for the position in most standard fantasy formats. For those that need him to make a start in the field to gain eligibility, it may be a while before that day comes. From a fantasy perspective, serving as the team's full-time designated hitter bodes well for the aging superstar's health, and should keep him a viable fantasy option based on his ability to smack home runs and drive in runs while hitting behind Mike Trout this season.

Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
1 month ago

Pujols went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

The double was nice to see, but the main takeaway from Pujols' day was how he looked on the basepaths. The veteran slugger roped a double in his first at-bat, then had to scramble to third on an overthrow, eventually scoring on a wild pitch. Manager Mike Scioscia said that "[Pujols] is running better now than he did after foot started bothering him last year, and that's really a positive." These are encouraging things to hear after Pujols missed the first half of spring training rehabbing from offseason foot surgery. If he can make it through the rest of spring training without a setback, then we could be in line for another 30-homer, 100-RBI season from the future Hall of Famer.

Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
2 months ago

Pujols (foot) made his Cactus League debut Friday, going 0-for-2 with a walk as the Angels' designated hitter.

EDGE Analysis

Pujols has come along slowly after offseason foot surgery. Now that he has made his return, the 37-year-old slugger will attempt to get up to game speed before the regular season kicks off. Barring any setbacks, Pujols will resume his role as the Halos' primary designated hitter. Age and health will keep his perceived value in a state of flux, but the future Hall of Famer has averaged over 30 homers and 100 RBI over his last three seasons, numbers that will help fantasy teams in almost any format if he can keep the trend going.

Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
2 months ago

Pujols (foot) is in the lineup Friday for the first time this spring, hitting third as the designated hitter in Cactus League action, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Halos will continue monitoring Pujols' progress after his December foot surgery, but his debut with a few weeks left in camp marks a positive step. The veteran still can turn a fantasy profit if he falls into the middle rounds of mixed drafts, though his price should rise if he mashes in spring games. Perhaps doubt over the 37-year-old's ability to play a full season will knock him down to the cost of a mixed league corner infielder, which would lower the burden of proof that he'll deliver on his annual potential for 30-plus home runs.

Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
2 months ago

Per manager Mike Scioscia, Pujols (foot) is scheduled to run the bases Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for his Cactus League debut Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scioscia also stated that he hopes the veteran slugger can log two at-bats in Friday's contest. Pujols' status for Opening Day still isn't completely clear, but if he can get through his first appearance without any issues, there's a decent chance that he could get ramped up enough in time for the season opener.

Albert Pujols
1B/DH LAA
2 months ago

Pujols (foot) is scheduled to run the bases on Monday, and is expected to make his Cactus League debut by the end of the week, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Barring any setbacks while running the bases, Pujols should be in line to make his first appearance of spring by the end of the week. The 37-year-old still hasn't said if he'll be ready for Opening Day, but he should have a better idea after playing in his first games of spring.