Since signing a massive contract with the Angels before the 2012 season, Pujols has had a few solid renaissance seasons , and he was an above-average hitter as recently as last season . So it wasn’t unreasonable for the Angels to expect him to eventually snap out of his funk at some point this season. And he may well end up with 100 runs batted in despite the poor sabermetric numbers — though it would be one of the least valuable 100-RBI seasons ever . Either way, he’s just the most glaring example of a phenomenon that probably won’t go away anytime soon. As long as there are managers dreaming of a turnaround — and ones who lack any better options 4 — once-great players like Pujols will always get the chance to play themselves to the bottom of the WAR charts.