Monday saw a flurry of roster moves on the part of the Los Angeles Dodgers, most notably the arrival of Albert Pujols to the team.
The Dodgers introduced Pujols at a press conference Monday afternoon. In some of his remarks, the future Hall of Famer said that he and the Dodgers had frank discussions about his prospective role on the team. He said he is willing to do anything it takes to bring the team another ring. Since No. 5 is already taken by Corey Seager, Pujols will wear No. 55 in his time with the Dodgers, mentioning the Bible and “double grace!”
Pujols also mentioned that he never told his old team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, that he needed to play every day, and that at the end of the day it was a business decision on the part of the team.
Talks with both Manager Dave Roberts and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, in addition to not needing to relocate his family were the major contributors into his signing with the Dodgers.
In regards to his new role off the bench, Pujols said that he will reach out to former teammate and friend David Freese about tips and insight into doing the best he can in that role. Pujols also stated that he’s not ready to think about retirement yet, and believes he “still has some gas in the tank.”
“I’m here to do whatever. Pinch hit, first base, whatever they want,” he said. In his first game as a Dodger, Pujols will be batting cleanup and playing first base.
Pujols posted this on his Twitter account just before his press conference with the Dodgers media:
In the corresponding move placing Pujols on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved pitcher Tony Gonsolin to the 60-day IL, retroactive to April 1. To place him on the active roster, LHP Alex Vesia was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.