MLB News: Albert Pujols tentative for Opening Day, sells Irvine mansion for $7.5 million

Albert Pujols is still tentative to start for the Los Angeles Angels for Opening Day due to his foot injury and there’s little chance that he will play first base although his condition is progressing nicely.

Pujols is still recovering from his right foot surgery, which was said will sideline him for at least four months. He has reported for spring training and was cleared for batting practice and in defensive drills. The team’s website stated that Pujols just need medical clearance for him to see action in the coming season.

The Angels are set to take on the Chicago Cubs on April 3 at the Angels’ Stadium in Anaheim, California. If Pujols could not start, the Angels might tap C.J. Cron to take his place in the field.

Despite the uncertainty, Pujols is also making double plays outside the field such as the noise he made as he is selling his Irvine mansion for a whopping $7.5 million tag price. Craig Donofrio of reports that Pujols’ vast property at 9,239 square feet bristles with a Mediterranean accent that goes with a basement wine cellar, a game space, a pool table, a bar and a movie theater, which has four flat-screens.

The property, which is architected by John Henderson, also lavishes its scenery with its elegant furniture that goes with a perfect view of its surroundings. It was also stated that the estate was last sold for $5.5 million back in 2010.

Pujols is a three-time MVP and was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB Draft. During his rookie year, he was named NL Rookie of the Year. He would go on to play for 11 seasons with the Cardinals including playing at the World Series which the Cardinals won in 2006 and 2011.

After the 2011 season, Pujols became a free agent and was then signed by the Angels to a 10-year contract amounting to $240 million. For the coming season, Pujols will have a salary base of $25 million. He is also being considered a future candidate to the Hall of Fame when he retires.

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