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Albert Pujols
Birthdate: 1/16/1980 (37 y, 2 m, 10 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/240     Position: 1B
Drafted: 1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 13, Pick: 18, Overall: 402, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Contract: $240M / 10 Years (2012 - 2021)
RotoWire News: 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. (3/23/2017)
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Profile: It's hard to believe that Pujols is entering his age-37 season, as it makes me feel like an old man. I still remember when he made the team out of spring training in 2001 after spending all of one season in the minors, including just 15 plate appearances above High-A. And then he dominated. But chinks in the armor began to show in 2011 and he has continued a gradual decline. Once that monstrous rate of intentional walks eroded, his overall walk rate collapsed and he has been in single digits now for six straight seasons. His swinging strike rate has been relatively stable since 2012, which is a good sign, and he still possesses above-average power. Unfortunately, since he's such a pull hitter and hits precious few line drives, he's not going to be a batting-average asset again. There are no alarm bells in his profile, but we have to seriously consider both age and health factors before rostering him. (Mike Podhorzer)

The Quick Opinion: Pujols has been a machine and even during his recent decline phase that began in 2011, he has remained a strong fantasy performer. But now entering his age-37 season and recovering from foot surgery, one wonders how much more he has left in him at this level.

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