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.
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.