For a while there it was looking like the Albert Pujols contract situation would require us to be mildly displeased with Albert Pujols, and I have to say: That would be extremely difficult for me. Luckily, Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch understands me. In a recent tweet he had the following to say about the recent report that Pujols and agent Dan Lozano recently rejected an official St. Louis Cardinals offer.â†µ
Was told tonight by NL exec that Lozano has told multiple teams #stlcards had "no chance to sign him" before free agency.â†µ
Now's our chance! Forget about Pujols's alleged demands not being realistic for any player in baseball, now we can blame them on Dan Lozano! That snake! That sneak! That snide snookerer! Et cetera! If Lozano is saying this around baseball, and Pujols is complicit in it, it's kind of disappointing—if the Cardinals have had no chance all along this whole deadline mess and the subsequent second and third-guessing has been for nothing, and Pujols and Lozano should have just said as much this winter and told everybody to wait until free agency.â†µ
But until we know more about what's gone on and what will go on, I feel fine about just blaming Lozano exclusively and furiously.