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Did Yankees president tamper with Mike Trout?

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08:58 AM ET 12.14 | The baseball commissioner's office is investigating whether New York Yankees President Randy Levine was guilty of tampering when he said Friday that he would offer Angels outfielder Mike Trout a 10-year contract. The Angels are furious that Levine dropped Trout's name into an interview regarding the Yankees' decision not to match the 10-year contract the Seattle Mariners offered to 31-year-old second baseman Robinson Cano. "If it was Mike Trout, I'd offer him a 10-year contract," Levine told reporters in New York. "But for people over 30, I don't believe it makes sense." Trout is 22. The Angels have had preliminary talks with his representatives about a long-term extension, but he would not be eligible for free agency -- and thus available for the Yankees or other teams to buy -- until after the 2017 season. Levine told the New York Daily News that he realized the comment "could be misconstrued," so he called Angels President John Carpino to apologize. Levine also said he spoke with MLB. "My understanding is the matter is over," Levine said.

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December 14, 2013  09:00 AM ET

NO

December 14, 2013  09:10 AM ET

NO

December 14, 2013  09:11 AM ET

NO

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December 14, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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NO

Of course not, but writers have to write and there are no games being played.

December 14, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Of course not, but writers have to write and there are no games being played.

except by Randy Levine?

December 14, 2013  09:59 AM ET

I don't think that's tampering. It is best to not mention other players. I'm so glad no one filled me around with microphones.

December 14, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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except by Randy Levine?

That man should never be allowed to talk to the press. Hal should have him sign an agreement to have his tongue ripped out as part of his contract..

December 14, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't think that's tampering. It is best to not mention other players. I'm so glad no one filled me around with microphones.

There's an article in the NYPost this morning covering the same topic. The article reports that Levine called the Angels to apologize for any "inconvenience" and also spoke with MLB brass and Levine anticipates that there will be no further consequences.

December 14, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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I don't think that's tampering. It is best to not mention other players. I'm so glad no one filled me around with microphones.

True, but if you go around assessing fines for stupid, then you have no time for other business.

December 14, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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That man should never be allowed to talk to the press. Hal should have him sign an agreement to have his tongue ripped out as part of his contract..

Is he your Larry Lucino?

December 14, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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That man should never be allowed to talk to the press. Hal should have him sign an agreement to have his tongue ripped out as part of his contract..

lmao. I was just trying to be funny with a play on words but I completely agree with you - Levine isn't bright enough to do something like that intentionally.

December 14, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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Is he your Larry Lucino?

Levine aspires to be Larry Lucchino.

December 14, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

There's an article in the NYPost this morning covering the same topic. The article reports that Levine called the Angels to apologize for any "inconvenience" and also spoke with MLB brass and Levine anticipates that there will be no further consequences.

Angels will not be amused though. They know darn well Trout is an East Coast boy at heart. They just have to enjoy having him through 2017 and let it go. Teams that live by free agency have o complaints. None of them do, it is not indentured servants that play for them....

December 14, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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Levine aspires to be Larry Lucchino.

I agree. so how do people like him end up in those positions? And keep those jobs for years?

December 14, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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I agree. so how do people like him end up in those positions? And keep those jobs for years?

Answering my own question? Hmmm? Read a short bio of him and it smells like political connections, backroom deals and most likely associations that would get an ordinary man put before a grand jury.

December 14, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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Answering my own question? Hmmm? Read a short bio of him and it smells like political connections, backroom deals and most likely associations that would get an ordinary man put before a grand jury.

It's certainly not his public speaking skills.

December 14, 2013  10:25 AM ET

I think Levine should clear this whole mess up personally. He should drive down to Millville NJ to Trouts home and apologize and clear the whole thing up. Take the family some fruitcake or something. It is just a 140 mile drive down I-95.

Maybe take him a signed Jeter jersey as a peace offering ( Trouts favorite player growing up) and give his folks the clearance to sit in the owners box at Yankee Stadium any time they want....Just what I think.

December 14, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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I think Levine should clear this whole mess up personally. He should drive down to Millville NJ to Trouts home and apologize and clear the whole thing up. Take the family some fruitcake or something. It is just a 140 mile drive down I-95.Maybe take him a signed Jeter jersey as a peace offering ( Trouts favorite player growing up) and give his folks the clearance to sit in the owners box at Yankee Stadium any time they want....Just what I think.

...and conversationally ask about Trout's jersey size.

 
December 14, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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I think Levine should clear this whole mess up personally. He should drive down to Millville NJ to Trouts home and apologize and clear the whole thing up. Take the family some fruitcake or something. It is just a 140 mile drive down I-95.Maybe take him a signed Jeter jersey as a peace offering ( Trouts favorite player growing up) and give his folks the clearance to sit in the owners box at Yankee Stadium any time they want....Just what I think.

Perfect. Beyond that I imagine that any player's agent worth his salt probably knows exactly what any team might offer their client. In other words, despite what Levine said publicly, Trout and his agent undoubtedly knew what the Yankees, would offer.

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