With a two-run double in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals, Angels DH Albert Pujols moved into third place on MLB’s all-time RBI leaderboard. Pujols now has 1,997, one better than Barry Bonds.
It will be a while before Pujols moves further up the leaderboard. Álex Rodríguez is second with 2,086 RBI. Hank Aaron leads with 2,297. Baseball Reference lists Babe Ruth and Cap Anson as ahead of Pujols as well, but Elias Sports Bureau doesn’t count them since RBI wasn’t a statistic until 1920.
Pujols entered Sunday’s action batting .217/.323/.398 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 99 plate appearances on the season. He hasn’t finished a season with an OPS above .700 since 2016.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.