By Tom Caruso

Albert Pujols, in the final year of a 10-year contract, was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels in a move that signals a split between the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer and team.

The Angels will have seven days to trade Pujols if he goes unclaimed on waivers. After he passes through waivers and is released by the Angels, Pujols can be signed for the prorated minimum salary. He is making $30 million as part of his 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels.

Pujols has appeared in 24 of the Angels’ 29 games with 92 plate appearances, hitting .198 with five home runs.