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MLB - US Sports: Pujols earns Cardinals return

It has been announced that Albert Pujols is to return to the St. Louis Cardinals, to the organisation in which he carved out a Hall of Fame career.

The 42-year-old first baseman agreed to a one-year deal for the 2022 season.

Pujols joins familiar faces

The St.Louis Cardinals are 25/1 to win the World Series in 2022 for the first time since 2011, in which Pujols will be reunited with fellow 2006 and 2011 championship winning teammates, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright. There is a strong chance that all three will retire at the end of the season.

All three will be older than new Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol, and the Red Birds are expected to challenge for World Series glory.

Once Pujols completes his physical, Pujols will return to start for the organisation that he had 11 years with in the major leagues. He won three National League MVP's, also claiming two World Series titles and nine All-Star Game appearances.

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Pujols set for part-time role

The deal is worth $2.5million and will grant Pujols a part-time role in which he will seemingly start as the team's designated hitter against left-handed pitchers and as a pinch-hitter late in the game.

With the Cardinals, Pujols was batting .331 with 408 home runs and 1,230 RBI's until he left for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012.

He was never able to replicate his success in Anaheim, making only one play-off appearance and despite some long service of nine years, he was released in May of 2021.

Pujols immediately signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the remainder of the season, hitting .254 with 12 home runs in 85 games.

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