More surprising than Albert Pujols suddenly getting released was the Los Angeles Dodgers jumping at the opportunity to sign the future Hall of Famer for the remainder of the 2021 season. Some of the shock stemmed from reports indicating Pujols informed the L.A. Angels he coveted regular starts at first base. Pujols refuted that after signing with the Dodgers and made it clear he was open to the role president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Dave Roberts presented.