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Major League Baseball to investigate Randy Levine for tampering as a result of Mike Trout comment

Dec 13, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

Randy Levine

This seems pretty dumb: Major League Baseball plans to investigate Yankees president Randy Levine’s comments about Mike Trout today to see if they constitute tampering.

In case you missed it, Levine said this earlier today when asked about why the Yankees were unwilling to give Robinson Cano a ten-year contract:

“If Mike Trout was here, I would recommend a 10-year contract. But for people over 30, I don’t believe it makes sense. I don’t think Hal thinks it makes sense. We were very clear about that.”

I know you’re not supposed to talk about other teams’ players, but this seems like a pretty big overreaction to an off-the-cuff comment. Levine was obviously not trying to signal to Trout and his agents that, hey, if you can only hold out four more years or so, the Yankees will hook you up! He was making up some hypothetical about a young star, and like a lot of people, Mike Trout is the first young star that came to mind.

But I suppose rules are rules. And, of course, no man can say that Major League Baseball does not pursue its investigations with great zeal.

  1. flamethrower101 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    This is no worse than what Magic Johnson said about Robinson Cano. MLB must have a lot of free time on its hands.

    • ditto65 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      It is the offseason.

      • mmeyer3387 - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        I’m not used to defending the Yankees. That being said, this is the off season and Mike Trout is not a free agent. It may be possible that Levine was using Trout as an example when he was making an analogy of another good player that unlike Cano, was under 30 years of age. From my prospective; it must be a slow news day for reporters and they needed to meet a Friday news dead line. Someone needs to explain to me how Randy Levine is tampering. Sports reporters need to work harder and produce real baseball news. Most of us baseball fans would much rather have Baseball hot stove news instead of this nonsense.

    • badsequel - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Yes it is worse. Magic said they weren’t interested in Cano.. That isn’t too big of a deal. Levine said what could be interpreted as them willing to do a 10 year contract on a player already on contact with another team.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Randy Levine is a idiot, I honestly don’t know what his purpose is, shut up already.

  2. cur68 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Seriously? That’s a thing for MLB? Well, dang. Perhaps they should get after Craig for impugning Clint Hurdle’s looks? Its slander, after all. Poor Clint. Doomed to wear # 30.

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Please hurry up and set us free the Bud Selig Era of MLB Commissioners.

    • rathipon - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Be careful what you wish for. We might end up with Rob Manfred next…

  4. jolink653 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I actually wondered how MLB would look at that comment when I heard what Levine said. For them to waste their time on something this stupid though, they must be bored out of their minds. He was using Trout as an example, not saying the Yankees will offer Trout a ten-year deal when he reaches the market

  5. unclemosesgreen - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Is it ridiculous? Of course it is. But anything that even temporarily muzzles Randy Levine is a boon to all of humankind. That guy is a classic loudmouth New York asshole. He’s like a cross between UYF & Unclean Harold.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      My friend to quote Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Needless to say you have removed all doubt. Have a good day.

      • unclemosesgreen - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Also UYF – not to exacerbate your fact allergies, but Honest Abe never said that. Neither did Mark Twain. It’s a corruption of a saying from Proverbs – King James Bible.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Well then moses your complaint is with brainyquotes because they are the ones that attribute the saying to Honest Abe. Here is the link for your edification.

        Have a good day.

  6. righthandofjustice - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Nothing but a big smoke screen from Selig.

    The issues continue to be… the government has put them under the microscope in connection with various gross misconducts in the Biogenesis saga including obstruction of justice, impersonation of cops, threatening and harassing witnesses, tempering of evidence, etc… A-Rod has sued them and their “mountain of evidence” collapsed and they found themselves buried underneath it… San Jose has forced their hand to be played in front of the Congress…

    To direct people’s attention away from these legal troubles, Selig has to put on his clown suit and put up farce after farce!

  7. missingdiz - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Ozzie Guillen for Commissioner!

  8. granted42 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    As someone who has a strong dislike for the Yankees, and has been known to root for the Angels, the comment was just a hypothetical and means nothing. If I can see that, why are the big brains at MLB wasting their time on this?

    • cackalackyank - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      You can see it because you are not desperate to draw any amount of attention you possibly can away from the A-rod mess.

  9. keltictim - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I can kinda see buds point, now trouts out there thinking well at least I can get ten from NY. The comment can have an effect regardless of how stupid the comment was

    • badsequel - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Pop them with a 50k fine or something.

    • eatitfanboy - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      I’m pretty sure Mike Trout was already fairly certain that if be some miracle he actually became a free agent (he isn’t eligible for like 4 more years) he would be able to get 10 years out of someone seeing as how 22 year old former rookies of the year don’t actually hit free agency that often. Never, actually.

      What’s he going to do in 4 years? Go to the Angels and say “remember when Randy Levine said 4 years ago that he would give me 10 years?”

  10. mgv38 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    And he misused the subjunctive mood. Dumbass.

  11. badsequel - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Try and convince me that the Yankees don’t want Trout to wait and get to free agency so they can bid on him.

    • mmeyer3387 - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      You are completely right; we need Bud’s leadership on this one. This may be criminality at its highest level. Clearly, if the Yankees didn’t commit this crime; they must have thought about doing it. Bud must take away all the Yankee’s draft picks for 2014 and hand down penalties of 25 million and force them to sign A-rod and Youkilis for ten more years. Just to keep everyone honest and make sure nothing like this ever happens again. MLB should also get a court order and dig up George Steinbrenner’s grave just to make sure that he isn’t involved in this crime. After all, the honor and honesty of the game need to be enforced at all cost.

      • mazblast - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        The Yankees only care about draft picks as a way to have something of little value to trade for what they want.

  12. tipstopten - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    MLB has a major sight problem. Seems their optic nerve is contacted to the AH. MLB need to move on to something that means something to baseball, this was talk. I bet every GM has said the same thing. Just not in the Media. So MLB
    grow up and stop the H—-S–t.

  13. thebadguyswon - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Of course the Yankees want Trout to wait. They don’t develop their own players anymore, so they have to poach other team’s talent. Thumbs down away, Yank fans.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Yank fan checking in. I actually thumbs upped you. It’s becoming the truth by leaps and bounds. If NYY still developed talent that lived up to projections disasters like the Youkilis signing never happen. Now that Cano has moved on Robertson, and Gardner are the only proven guys on the roster. Nova is still a little iffy, and then their are a couple guys that might be fill ins. I live in NC and watch the AAA rays affiliate develop real talent. Now the rest of the Yank fans on here can thumbs down me too.

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Well you have some sense. Many of my NYY fan buddies agree with you as well.

  14. DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    And we know there is an investigation – because and unsourced tweet that was re-tweeted says there is.

    No story what so ever here

  15. sandrafluke2012 - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Wow. Angels should trade Trout while his value is this high. Very overrated guy. What has his teams done?

  16. keltictim - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Tipstopten i think that’s the whole point, other GMs say it behind closed doors and he said it to the media. You can’t flaunt the rule and not expect blow back As soon as trout enters into contract talks the first thing his agent is gonna say is ” the yanks are on record willing to give ten years”. The rule is dumb, the yanks could tell his agent that secretly whenever they want, but for appearance sake it’s the rule.

  17. yahmule - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Kind of ticky tack. I think a huge fine and the forfeiture of some draft picks should square the books.

  18. xpensivewinos - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    MLB has already assembled a committee to determine if another committee needs to be formed in order to get to the bottom of this.

    Half the room says move forward with an “ad hoc” committee while the other half has dug its heels in and they won’t settle for anything less than a bonafide “Blue Ribbon” committee.

    Stay tuned….

    • cackalackyank - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Unfortunately though, only half the MLB leadership was available. The other half were busy addressing their business on the A’s stadium committee.

  19. baseballisboring - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    I’d give ten year deals to Trout and Harper. That’s it. Certainly no one that’s 30 or older…

  20. thesteelskirt - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    MLB should investigate the Yankees over the years for a lot of things but this is not one of them.

    • dcarroll73 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      I’ll agree with your “this is not one of them.” What was the innuendo you were slinging in the first part of your sentence? Care to “man up” and speak plainly, or was this just some generalized Yankee hating with no real content?

  21. ltpm3 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I guess you would have to look at it as if you were trying to get someone who was a good worker to sign on to work for you longer then this moron goes on tv and says well if he comes to work for me I would give him 10 yrs and a big paycheck. Now who do you think he will go with? I wonder if MLB could or would stop a contract between Trout and the Yankees because of this. I mean about 10 yrs ago they stopped a trade and contract between the Rangers and the Red Sox, that’s when he went to the Yankees….And we all thank goodness that he did!!! :)

  22. louhudson23 - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Will investigate.Hmm…that seems as though they are acknowledging that they are aware of his comments and will evaluate them in context. Which is a pretty good description of standard operating procedure for anyone charged with overseeing this type of thing….Wake me when they actually issue a ruling that it is in fact a violation…till then….not much of a story….

  23. 18thstreet - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    So, I guess I’m the only person who thinks rules ARE rules, that Randy Levine should know the rules, and that MLB should give the Yankees a tiny slap on the wrist for breaking the rules. Because I’m not okay with MLB opening the door to tampering.

  24. fatediesel - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    The NBA had a similar situation a couple years back. When Steve Kerr was with the Suns Dan Patrick asked him if they planned on going after Lebron James when he became a free agent following the season. Kerr joked that they’d sign James if he’d take the mid level exception, which would pay him roughly 1/3 of what James ended up getting. The NBA fined Kerr $10,000 for tampering.

    • mazblast - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      That was different. That was the David Stern’s NBA. Little Caesar wanted James in Miami and he wasn’t going to put up with any nonsense that could remotely effect that pre-determined outcome.

  25. jeffa43 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Trout to the Yankees!
    With Artie Morono that is not unlikely.

    For 3 years now…. He obviously has no clue what is doing.

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