Source: Yanks won't chase Albert Pujols

Updated: February 17, 2011, 9:22 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees have no plans to look into Albert Pujols' availability, a baseball official with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

The Cardinals and Pujols failed to agree to a new contract by Wednesday's imposed deadline. The Yankees are always rumored to be in the mix for big-name players, but the official said the Yankees have no place to put Pujols.

Mark Teixeira plays first, Alex Rodriguez is at third and Jorge Posada will serve as designated hitter.

Pujols' primary position is first base, but the Yankees are happy with Teixeira's production, the official said, and, though he is highly paid, Teixeira will likely cost less than Pujols. Plus, Teixeira has a no-trade clause.

Teixeira batted only .256 last season, compared to Pujols' .312. But Teixeira had good power numbers. He hit 33 homers, while Pujols blasted 42, and drove in 108 runs to Pujols' 118.

General manager Brian Cashman wouldn't comment, citing Major League Baseball's rules.

"I'm not allowed to talk about another guy's player," Cashman said.

Cashman's stated goal is to add more arms, not bats.

"If Pujols could pitch, it would be another story," the official said.

Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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