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Dan Lozano shopped Albert Pujols to the Yankees

Dec 8, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

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In news that should come as no surprise at all, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that agent Dan Lozano placed a phone call to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman early in the free agency process to gauge his interest in Albert Pujols.

Cashman’s Yankees are locked into first baseman Mark Teixeira through 2016 at a rate of $22.5 million per year and will need the DH spot for Jesus Montero and some of the club’s aging stars, so the conversation with Lozano did not last very long.

Here’s what Cashman told Hoch on Thursday:

“I said no; I gave it a nice, respectful no. We’ve made our commitments, we have guys we’re committed to, and so … even though you can say he can fit on anybody’s club, realistically our money is spent in those directions. How do you add that with our commitments? You just can’t. It’s not feasible. They just checked in. It was more, I’m sure, on [Lozano's] list of things — ‘I have to ask, because I’ve got to do my job. But even Dan Lozano recognized [that with] Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, [Jesus] Montero — there’s no vacancy here. I think if you were in my chair, you’d be in the same decision-making mode.”

In the end, Lozano didn’t need the Evil Empire to drive Pujols’ market value into the range of insanity.

  1. shawnuel - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    When decoding what Cashman really said: “There’s no team stupid enough to take A-Rod or Teixeira’s contracts off of our hands”

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:49 PM

      That’s what we thought about Vernon Wells’s deal. And Alex Rios. And just you wait on Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano.

      Never underestimate the stupidity and ego of ownership.

    • bozosforall - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      And when decoding YOUR post, what you really said is “I am a jealous Yankee-hating loser”.

  2. wardmanone - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Find it hard to believe but since we have another gullible Sportswriter from East to buy into this so as to bring attention to Yankee keep spewing the nonsense. Who cares it has no relevancy it’s not about the Yankees.

    • Drew Silva - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      Yeah!

  3. Ben - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Of course he did. He can’t keep his tongue out of dirty, dirty places.

    • franbotel - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:25 PM

      That’s a good one

  4. tashkalucy - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    What I said earlier……

    The Yankees (and Red Sox) have a huge payroll of aging players with long term contracts – and lower ad revenues to meet the higher salaries from their cable sponsors. They cannot eat a salary anymore, and no one wants to trade for old ballplayers at absurdly high prices.

    Now the Yankees and Red Sox front offices will have to do what most MLB front offices have done for years – be creative, be insightful – they can’t buy their way out of mistakes anymore.

    Theo saw the handwriting on the wall and got to a place where he can remain a legend for 3-4 years until the fans and media realize that he was an average GM with a whole lot of cash to spend.

    This makes MLB more fun for us all!

    • pisano - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM

      Thank God, you finally made sense!

      • tashkalucy - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        pisano,

        Been making sense here for over a month.

        As my Dad used to say……

        “When some see the handwriting on the wall…..they think it’s a forgery.”

      • cur68 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:40 AM

        Graffiti. They think its graffiti.

    • lardin - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:26 PM

      The only reason the Yankees have a budget is becuase they want one. They Yankees print money and take in over half a billion dollars a year in revenue. If the Yankees really wanted to, they could have signed Pujols and Wilson. But since George died Hank and Hal have tried to operate with budget. Dont be fooled, the Yankees are not being restrained by outside forces, they are restraining themselves…

      • tashkalucy - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:31 PM

        Oh

    • randygnyc - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:40 PM

      I’m sorry, but this isn’t entirely true. My understanding is that revenue was down just a few percentage points from last years all time high, but the Yankees gross revenues are still in excess of $450 million per year. The Yankees own their cable network station (YES) and receive all that revenue as opposed to teams like the dodgers, for instance, that makes a deal with fox and receives a paltry 3 Billion dollar payday.

      The Yankees main concern is the luxury tax. Specifically the new, upcoming, rather substantial penalties associated with the new collective bargaining agreement. Teams apparently have t be under the threshold one time in the next three years. No sense in being over the cap by 50 million and then pay an additional 50 million in penalties. This is why I think the Yankees will aggressively post (maybe 50-60 million) for Darvish, because the posting fee isn’t applied to the cap.

      • tashkalucy - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:26 PM

        I don’t understand…..

        The Yankees are printing money. Why should the luxury tax worry them? They have money to burn.

        Like Lehman Brothers.

        Oh,wait…..

      • lardin - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:33 PM

        Like i said its because they want to not because they have to. The Yankees easily could afford to have Pujols, but they are showing restraint,

    • bozosforall - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      Keep on trying. loser. The Yankees have one of the deepest farm systems in all of baseball and don’t need another HR hitter like Pujols. What they do need is short-term starting pitching..and even that will be taken care of in short order..for much less money than what Albert wanted.d

      You ARE correct about how pathetic the Red Sox are though.

  5. yournuts - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    As a Yankee fan I am happy with Tex and Arod. Maybe they had a bad year but the Yankees made the playoffs and won the division, there problem was starting pitching, not producing runs. Good pitching will always beat good hitting in a short series.

    • lardin - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:36 PM

      Pitching was not the yankees problem this year

      • yournuts - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:35 AM

        Really? Then tell me what was?

      • Kevin S. - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:04 AM

        Unfortunate sequencing in the LDS. You do know they significantly outscored the Tigers in that series, right?

      • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:54 AM

        “unfortunate sequencing?” You stole that from Casey Stengel after the 1960 World Series. The only thing that could have made it more opaque is if you’d acronymed us – as in – the Yankees suffered from a US coefficient of -3.8. thus leading to their elimination form the playoffs.

      • lardin - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:03 AM

        The Yankees problem last year in the playoffs was that they could not get a big hit to save there lives. Arod, Tex and Swisher did not hit for five games. Arod and Tex were 2 for 18. Swisher was 4 for 19. How do you expect to win when you 4-6 hitters go 8 for 55?

      • cintiphil - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        I think they over paid for the great one. he is too fat and seems to run out of gas too soon. Although I agree that the lack of timely hitting was more serious. Now, how do those contract with Arod and Tex look? And, does anyone feel they will get better as they age? I will not bet on it.

    • jwbiii - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:51 PM

      “Good pitching will always beat good hitting in a short series.”

      Which explains all those rings Bobby Cox has.

  6. rexryanisablowhard - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    I love Pujols the player, but his 10 best years are in the past. His ’11 numbers, while very good, were basically the worst of career in almost every major offensive category. By no means am I saying he’s washed up at 32 and that he doesn’t some great years remaining, but those last 5 or 6 years will be very interesting, much like Vladdy the last few. Everyone knew 10 years was the magic number, so it was fairly obvious for some time that someone would step up and it wasn’t going to be the Yankees.

    • cintiphil - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      I agree with you on this one.Albert is my favorite player in the game, but that is in the past. I think in another 3-4 years, his numbers go way down, even as a DH. He is slow now, and has a propensity to get hurt. As he ages, he will not heal so fast, and perhaps the injuries will be more serious. The Angels have to hope beyond hope, that he will perform at his current performance level for 6-7 more years. That is not realistic. In my mind at least, this makes a 10 year contract, very dumb. The Yankees are not that stupid.

  7. genericcommenter - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    Yes. The Yankees have a lot of money. They should have just signed Pujols to play 1st and have Teixeira backup 1st and 3rd. Sign Fielder to split DH with Montero and be the emergency 1B. Then sign Jose Reyes to be the utility infielder. Beltran can be the 4th OFer. Sign Wilson for 7 years, Roy Oswalt for 4. Pickup Papelbon to backup Mariano. Sign Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal with incentives. They need AAA outfield depth.

    They have a lot of money. Why not?

    • lardin - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:00 AM

      Just because they CAN doesn’t mean they SHOULD

    • bozosforall - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

      Because they are smart enough to know that their loaded farm system will be what replenishes the major league ballclub in the next few years. Yankee haters will once again be crying about how the Yankees win all the time, but won’t be able to cry about them buying free agents, because the majority of their stars will be homegrown. Sucks to be fans of the rest of the league.

  8. cintiphil - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    The Yankees are the richest team in the game, but they are not stupid. Why would they pay for another (unreasonably) high priced player, when they are a little sorry that they entered into some of the others? I would bet that they would love to sign other great players, but even their funds are limited. Maybe they can over pay for another “great” pitcher.

  9. aceshigh11 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    So is Montero being groomed for a permanent DH position because of his lack of catching abilities, or is he going to platoon at catcher and DH along with some of the other aging players?

    • bozosforall - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM

      Stupid not to platoon him at catcher when you already have Russell Martin on the roster. Being primarily used as the DH allows Montero’s major league ready bat to be in the lineup most days, while he continues to progress as a catcher on the defensive front. Best of both worlds.

    • rexryanisablowhard - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      Martin was a nice surprise and will be back, but I also think Montero will catch some. He’s certainly familiar with Nova, Noesi, Bettances and Banuelos, who will all likely see some time with the big club. I don’t think they will plug him in as a full-time DH as that is where ARod will likely reside in a year or two, so maybe a position switch to 3B or RF? I also wouldn’t be surprised if he is featured and traded at some point for a big arm.

  10. jwbiii - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Of course Lozano pitched Pujols to the Yankees. In a bidding situation, you always want the guy with the fattest wallet to be involved. He wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t try to get the Yankees involved.

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