Dan Lozano: Albert Pujols’s Superagent, "King Of Sleaze Mountain"
Somebody's out to get Dan Lozano. The agent for Albert Pujols, Lozano is pursuing what everyone expects to be the biggest contract in baseball, the financial and professional zenith of a career that's been two decades of success. When Lozano, 44, left the Beverly Hills Sports Council last year, he took with him his entire stable of players—including Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Joey Votto, Michael Young, Brian Wilson, Carlos Beltran, and Jimmy Rollins. Show me an agent with that much pull, and I'll show you 50 others willing to smear him. But here's the thing about professional sports agents: You don't need anything but the truth to smear them. It's a fast-living, hard-partying world, where vice is a virtue, dirty money rules the day, and tactics are only underhanded if the other guy uses them first.
A plain manila envelope with no return address recently appeared on the desks of a number of media outlets, including ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, and Deadspin. Inside were names, documents, and photographs, all telling a story of Lozano's rise to power by any means necessary. When confronted with similar claims in September, Lozano told USA Today it was just jealousy on the part of a rival. We think we know who sent out the package, and if we're right it's someone with no love lost for Lozano. But the claims are verifiable, and with confirmation from multiple sources who have known Lozano for decades, they're impossible to dismiss as just the fanciful products of a vengeful mind. The mailing pointed the way toward allegations of whoring and harassment and a skeeviness in financial matters that goes beyond what's usual for the species. To hear his fellow agents tell it, Lozano's recklessness has already cost Pujols once at the negotiating table, and it could do so again.