Tag:Randy Levine
Posted on: January 28, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 6:13 pm

Yanks president rips 'welfare' Rangers

Randy Levine
What's with all the hating on the Rangers this week? Or more specifically, what's with everyone overreacting to comments regarding the Rangers?

Lance Berkman made the mistake of being honest about not signing with the Rangers because he thinks they're going to take a step back next year, a perfectly reasonable opinion that nonetheless got C.J. Wilson's dander up. Now Yankees president Randy Levine is unloading on Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg after an innocuous comment Greenberg made.

Asked about the pursuit of Cliff Lee, Greenberg said he thought the Rangers extended negotiations by visiting the pitcher's Arkansas home three times. He said he had the feeling Lee was close to signing with the Yankees, but the Rangers keeping the door open so long allowed the Phillies to sneak in and play the spoiler.

"I think if we wouldn't have gone to Arkansas that last time, I think he was going to sign with the Yankees," Greenberg said at a Rangers fan event last Sunday. "We pried the door open a little bit to give ourselves another opportunity. And ultimately the Phillies were able to take advantage of that opportunity that we created."

Call me crazy, but I don't see a shot at the Yankees in there. Greenberg wasn't expressing pleasure that the Yankees lost out, just making an observation on how the events seemed to play out. But Levine took the opportunity to insult Greenberg and the Rangers.

"I think Chuck is delusional," Levine told the New York Post on Friday. "He’s been in the game a few minutes, yet he seems to know what everybody’s thoughts are.

"If he wants to impress us, he can do that by keeping the Rangers off welfare. Let’s see if they can be revenue sharing payers instead of recipients for three years in a row without getting money from Major League Baseball."

Talk about overreacting. Not only do Levine's comments look like sour grapes toward the team that knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs, they're condescending toward every team that benefits from revenue sharing. I'm all in favor of stirring the media pot, but a "no comment" would have served Levine a lot better there. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a call from Bud Selig telling him the same thing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 1:56 pm

Cashman vetoed on Soriano signing

Brian Cashman The signing of Rafael Soriano didn't seem like a Brian Cashman move -- especially after he'd said publicly he wasn't going to do it -- and now it's official. At Wednesday's press conference, Cashman admitted it was Hal Steinbrenner's call to sign the Rays closer.

"I didn't recommend it just because I just didn't think it was an efficient way to allocate the remaining resources we had," Cashman said (via the New York Times ) . "We had a lot of debate about it. Like everything on the free-agent market and trade market, you discuss it, make your recommendations to ownership, and they choose what direction they prefer to go given the circumstances. My preferece was waiting. They obviously acted, and we are better."

Steibrenner, apparently, was the one willing to shell out a the three-year, $35 million contract to Soriano, who will serve as a set-up man to Mariano Rivera. Cashman said he didn't feel Steinbrenner's veto was a challenge to his power.

"I think it's certainly a sign at times if Hal wants to go different directions that could happen," Cashman said. "I think that's certainly the case. This is their team. Does that happen often? Will it happen a lot? I just think it depends on the circumstances what the comfort level is taking place at the time. Not to say it won't happen again, not to say it will. It's hard to say."

The biggest issue was the fact Soriano is a Type A free agent, meaning the Yankees must give up their first-round pick to the Rays as compensation. The 2011 draft is seen as one of the deepest in years. Cashman said he didn't want to give up that pick for a set-up man. He was willing to give it up for Cliff Lee.

"I think 29 clubs would love to have Rafael Soriano thrown down their throats," Cashman said (via ESPNNewYork.com ).

Team president Randy Levine told ESPNNewYork.com that there is no rift in the organization and the team is happy with Cashman, there was just a difference of opinion and in the end, the ones who sign the check have the last word.

"Cash is the best general manager in the game," Levine said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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