Update: MLB to investigate Randy Levine for possible tampering

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5:43pm: Levine called MLB and Angels team president John Carpino to apologize for the comment, according to Mark Feinsand. “My understanding is the matter is over,” said Levine. No harm, no foul.

5:30pm: Via Bill Shaikin: MLB plans to investigate Yankees president Randy Levine to see if comments he made at Jacoby Ellsbury‘s press conference on Friday constitute tampering. “Now, if it was Mike Trout, I’d offer him a ten-year contract. But for people over 30, I don’t believe it makes sense,” said Levine when asked about the team’s refusal to offer Robinson Cano a ten-year deal. The Trout comment is the one that caught the league’s attention.

Tampering is a pretty big deal; MLB does not like executives talking about a player under contract with another team. I have absolutely no idea what kind of discipline may be handed down in this situation, but Levine’s comment was pretty innocuous. He was using Trout as an example of a great young player more than anything. I don’t know what will happen next, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we never hear about this again. These things tend to happen behind closed doors.

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  • FIPster Doofus

    Are you fucking kidding me?

  • hey now

    MLB’s punishment should be to make him get a haircut and grow out those sideburns. WTF?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      You win today. You win today’s comment prize.

      What do we have for him, Roddy?

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        We’ll find out when you have a living announcer. ;)

    • forensic

      Damn, beat me to it.

  • http://Www.thepowerplaynetwork.com Smallz

    CONTEXT.. It’s really lost now adays..

  • RetroRob

    Oh. come on. This is ridiculous.

    Nothing will happen. Trout is not a free agent or even close to being a free agent. It’s also a painfully obvious statement.

    Hand slap, at worst, behind closed doors. And it may not be anything more of what a reminder of the rules.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Olney: Omar Infante is close to an agreement on a four-year deal for about $30 million with the Kansas City Royals.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’m really disappointed about this. Reasonable money for a decent 2B. Now what?

      • TheRealGreg

        Go back to Cincinatti and throw in a prospect.

        • FIPster Doofus


        • forensic

          The Reds were already practically begging for the trade with just Gardner for Phillips, and the Yankees said no way. Now you want the Yankees to throw in a prospect too???

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Go back to Cincinatti and offer Ichiro instead of Gardner.

        • BamBamMusings

          At the end of the day, Cin would be happy trading Phillips for a screwdriver.

      • qwerty

        What do you mean now what? We have Kelly Johnson.

    • dkidd

      dayton moore loves that .319 career obp

      come on down mark ellis!

      • qwerty

        Mark Ellis is in heavy talks with St. Louis.

    • Fin

      Done deal…singed with Royals for 4/30. What a greedy pig taking more money to play for another team.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Why, wasn’t that Robinson Cano’s last contract?

      Draw your own conclusions.

  • BrianMcCannon (formerly HateMclouth)

    Uh… what?

  • Vannoy

    Could they just fire him already? He is the worst.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Exactly why is he even commenting on players. Stick to the stadium and bs like that

  • TheRealGreg

    Hello Brandon Phillips

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Whatever you want, Chris “Getz!”


    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Wrong post.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Breaking News: Levine accused of wasting half a cuban sandwich, punishment for racism forthcoming.

  • Legend of 23

    Wish Cash would tell him the “Shit the F Up” for a “smart” guy he never says anything worthwhile.

  • There’s the Door

    Does Levine ever think before he talks?

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Things happen so fast you can’t even see them happen, yea. Because comparatively speaking to the Macho Man “Randy Levine,” you are nothing but garbage, MLB, yea. You know what I’m reading right now? I’m reading yesterday’s newspaper. Because that’s all MLB is! MLB better watch out, because I’m gonna sweep it right outta here. I am the cream, the cream of the crop! There is no doubt about that. But MLB’s gotta play by different rules, yea. They gotta get in their grandstanding and their hotdogging, don’t they? Not only is MLB a grandstander and a hotdogger, they’re a liar, too. I hate your guts, MLB! But there is nothing that can stop macho madness! They can’t handle the Macho Man “Randy Levine!” Oooooooh, yeaaaaaaa!!

  • There’s the Door

    Does Levine ever think before speaks?

    • Nuke Guy

      I don’t see what he said wrong here.

      • BamBamMusings

        Its overblown. But he shouldn’t use the name of a player under contract when talking about what he’d offer. MLB looks at it in the terms of, Guy A talking about how much money he would spend on an engagement ring to a girl guy B is engaged to.

  • JB Early

    MLB suits – and I don’t GAS who’s in the suit, are a bunch of Yankee haters. They use any pretext to F with the Yankees. As another commenter aptly stated – context. He was too charitable to also say – one needs a certain amount of smarts to know what that is. . .. BTW I don’t like Mr Levine, but in the Trout/Cano analogy? I’m in total agreement.

  • jmpnyy

    Just fire the boob. Between his Gene Wilder hair and largemouth bass mouth he is a detriment to the org. All he needs is large eyes and he can be Marty Feldman.

  • Kiko Jones

    I don’t like the guy and hope he gets busted for something (Go A-Rod!) but this is ridiculous.

  • dmo

    Mlb being interested in anything Levine says is a joke. That being said if they want to suspend him for 212 games I would be fine with that!