During Jacoby Ellsbury‘s press conference earlier today, Yankees president Randy Levine was speaking about the on-going Robinson Cano vs. Yankees saga. During the Q & A about Cano, reporters asked Levine about his refusal to give Cano a 10-year contract. Here was how Levine responded:
“Now, if it was Mike Trout, I’d offer him a 10-year contract. But for people over 30, I don’t believe it makes sense.”
Doesn’t look as if there’s anything wrong with the comment, correct? Well, MLB found something wrong. MLB is strict about teams talking about players that are under contract with another organization, something MLB calls “tampering”. The comment was serious enough that it’s now being investigated by Major League officials.
After MLB revealed they were going to investigate the comments, Levine set the record straight.
“When I was talking about Mike Trout, I was using it as an example of the type of player because of his age, we would consider giving a 10-year deal to. I realized it could be misconstrued, so I called John Carpino, the president of the Angels, and apologized to him for any inconvenience. I spoke to Major League Baseball and apologized to them and my understanding is the matter is over.”
Well ladies and gentlemen, for future reference–please do not mention another team’s player during a press conference for your own player. Whatever you say could be used to investigate you by Major League Baseball.