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Albert Pujols sticking with agent Dan Lozano amid allegations

Nov 24, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

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Earlier this week Deadspin published a lengthy story that included many unsavory allegations about agent Dan Lozano, whose client list includes Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and lots of other big names.

Last night Lozano’s lawyer issued a statement denying the claims and Pujols told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

I am absolutely staying with Danny as my agent. He will continue to negotiate my free agent contract. I am embarrassed for the people who are behind this. I want to make sure that people hear that.

Lozano stands to earn around $10 million from Pujols’ upcoming contract and, among other things, the Deadspin story alleged that he needs that commission to keep his business afloat because of various money problems.

Goold reports that Lozano “reached out to many of his clients to notify them about the potential forthcoming article” and plans legal action against the unnamed sources who provided Deadspin with information, documents, and not-safe-for-work photos.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Nov 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    ” and plans legal action against the unnamed sources who provided Deadspin with information, documents, and not-safe-for-work photos.”

    I’ll believe it when I see it. When THAT many people are quoted its usually a pretty safe bet that the story is true. It’s not like this was one anonymous source.

    • thefalcon123 - Nov 24, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      “I am embarrassed for the people who are behind this.”—

      –More so than the man in the photo tongue deep in a hooker’s Vj-j?

  2. JBerardi - Nov 24, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    From the Deadspin article:

    Mr. Lozano began grabbing Ms. [Redacted], pressing himself against her and on at least two occasions, Mr. Lozano forcibly tried to pull her shirt off. Mr. Lozano told Ms. [Redacted] that he would pay her gas and telephone expenses only if she would let him fondle her breasts. Mr. Lozano also frequently told Ms. [Redacted] about the prostitutes and strippers he booked for his clients and he instructed her, as part of her job, to input the names and numbers of these prostitutes and strippers into his PalmPilot.

    Good job, Albert. What would Jesus do? Apparently, he’d support this guy publicly and give him ten million dollars.

    • Kyle - Nov 24, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      Seriously. Add this guy to the list of unsavory characters Albert associates with. Really quite strange. I wonder how this will shake out at larger media outlets.

    • thefalcon123 - Nov 24, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      This! The guy has had to pay out two six figure sexual harassment suits and Pujols still defends him? I don’t really care too deeply about prostitutes or rich people screwing over other rich people all that much…but defending a scumbag who does this is pretty reprehensible. Albert should feel embarrassed for defending the a-hole who sexually harasses his employees.

  3. 78mu - Nov 24, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    If Lozano were is such dire circumstances I think he would have counseled Pujols to sign with the Cardinals last spring.

    • vanmorrissey - Nov 24, 2011 at 2:46 PM

      No way, no way at all. Lozano, and anyone else with a brain for that matter, what with Sir Albert’s pending free agency, that’s the mother lode that’s coming home in the off season. You don’t kill that by making a deal with the Cardinals undercutting your market value. Lozano gets richer himself by playing the waiting game with his client.

      • 78mu - Nov 24, 2011 at 3:28 PM

        If Pujols gets 300 million instead of 200 million, you’re right. But if he gets 220 million, Lozano will make (at 4%) an extra $800,000 before taxes. But if he is having financial problems to the point he might not stay in business, would it be worth it to wait?

        If Lozano really put his client’s interests ahead of his own personal issues, that’s to his credit and the rest of the charges are just a bunch of hot air. Women and professional athletes – what a shocker!

      • Kevin S. - Nov 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM

        According to the article, Lozano screwed Pujols once doing exactly that – signing a below-market extension earlier so he could get the commission.

    • vanmorrissey - Nov 24, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      Yep, agree, women and pro athletes, who’d a thunk? And yes, if he really needed the dough right away he’d have advised Albert to sign their offer. But don’t think this doesn’t happen in a ton of other agent offices, or something similar.

  4. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    What a twisted situation! And a real man doesnt pay for sex.

  5. aaronp2098 - Nov 24, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    I also thought this part of the article was interesting (sorry kind of long).
    “Albert Pujols was the best thing that ever happened to Dan Lozano, who by 2004 was nearly broke, colleagues say. A source familiar with the negotiations says the Cardinals knew of Lozano’s money issues (as did many GMs around baseball), and they knew he was desperate to get a contract extension signed as soon as possible.
    “How can you handle your client’s finances when you can’t handle your own?” asks a rival agent.
    The result: eight years at $14.5 million a year. One executive called it “the best owner’s contract in baseball,” according to a baseball source.Albert Pujols was the best thing that ever happened to Dan Lozano, who by 2004 was nearly broke, colleagues say. A source familiar with the negotiations says the Cardinals knew of Lozano’s money issues (as did many GMs around baseball), and they knew he was desperate to get a contract extension signed as soon as possible.”

  6. okwhitefalcon - Nov 24, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Agents allegedly doing shady shit to secure clients – wow, unbelievable…

    That’s just crazy talk.

  7. bella476 - Nov 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Doesn’t anyone think it’s interesting that this story hits during Albert’s negotiations? The timing of all this certainly seems suspicious.

    • franbotel - Nov 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Its coming from jealous agents nothing more; Just like we used to hear similar stories about Drew Rosenhaus (NFL). All agents steal clients and thats a fact.

      • paperlions - Nov 25, 2011 at 4:47 PM

        All agents don’t steal clients from other agents in the SAME FIRM.

  8. sincitybonobo - Nov 25, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Pujols could have hit free agency as early as the 2006 off season, if not for this extension. It is not uncommon for a young star player to trade a year or two of arbitration or even free agency years in exchange for some immediate security. Not five years. He could have embarked on Free Agency at the beginning of his prime, not towards its end. Absolutely brutal advice from what appears to be a human train wreck. Signing that 2004 extension (avg. $14.5 mil per year) conservatively cost Pujols $50 million during his prime.

    • franbotel - Nov 25, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      Evan Longoria, Hanley Ramirez and Ryan Braun signed longer deals b4 being free agent

      • Kevin S. - Nov 25, 2011 at 6:24 PM

        But Longoria, Hanley and Braun (the first time) didn’t sign away as many years – only three FA years were given up. Braun’s second deal signed away five FA years, but that was a somewhat different situation – not a player trading away significant future market value for security.

  9. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Nov 25, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    What there are shady agents out there? Next thing is that you will tell me is that there are sportswriters who drink something stronger than milk. Pujols is just following in a great biblical tradition of letting those familiar with the ways of the world handle the ways of the world.

  10. bigdaddyfromthelou - Nov 25, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    All of these agents are sleaze bags. Pujols isn’t defending his actions, he is just saying at this time he isn’t changing agencies.

  11. westcoastredbird - Nov 25, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Hey Albert,
    God speaks to us through people and circumstances you know that. God doesn’t always speak with the biggest check from an employer. Look at your agent eating sushi! It’s time to switch agents! Do your homework and get an agent that will look out for “Your” best interests not his. Where is Arli$$ when you need him?

  12. sportsbastard - Nov 25, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Fire the sleaze bag Albert and negotiate your own $200MM deal with STL. Consider the 5% you would have paid slime bucket your raise.

  13. sincitybonobo - Nov 26, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    After reading Deadspin’s article, it’s tough to argue that Lozano is worth his commission. Prince Fielder, a Boras client, is hitting free agency at age 27. Pujols could have done the same thing. This would not have precluded him staying with the Cards. At the very least, Lozano failed to realize that Pujols was destined to be one of the all-time greats. One of the perks of getting to The Show at an early age, is reaching Free Agency at the beginning of a player’s prime. Pujols failed to take full advantage of this. As a result, clubs know that an inevitable decline may be only three years away. Especially in the post-PED era, the calendar is undefeated.

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