The Los Angeles Angels have designated Albert Pujols for assignment.
Pujols is barely two months into the final season of his 10-year deal with the Angels.
The future Hall of Famer was batting .198 with a .250 on-base percentage and .372 slugging percentage through his first 92 plate appearances. There wasn't a clear path to playing time for Pujols behind Jared Walsh and Shohei Ohtani at first base and designated hitter.
When a player is designated for assignment, a team has seven days to either trade the player or place him on irrevocable outright waivers. If the player goes unclaimed on waivers, he then can be released.
Pujols signed his 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels in December 2011.