If you work for the Pittsburgh Pirates, be on the lookout, because Yankees president Randy Levine wants to know where his money is. And if he asks, you better have answers, because Randy Levine doesn't want to have to slap a GM.
To elaborate, the aforementioned Yankees administrator is a bit upset, specifically at Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, but also at all teams who have been given the "Yankees money" through revenue sharing.
The article is here.
To sum it up, the Brewers owner commented on how hard it is to re-sign Prince Fielder and pointed to the great discrepancy in salary among teams as a reason for the difficulty, specifically mentioning the salaries of New York Yankees.
Levine's response, "I'm sorry that [he] continues to whine... We play by all the rules and there doesn't seem to be any complaints when teams such as the Brewers receive hundreds of millions of dollars that they get from us in revenue sharing the last few years. Take some of that money that you get from us and use that to sign your players. The question that should be asked is: Where has the hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue sharing gone?"
Here is the answer for Mr. Levine. The ESPN article I sighted above states the Yankees paid $175 million in luxury tax for revenue sharing in seven years. That is $25 million per year. If half of the teams receive the money that is an average of $1.56 million per year. That is enough to afford a utility infielder like Eric Bruntlett or Abe Nunez for one year, or Alex Rodriguez for eight games or only a small portion of what Prince Fielder is set to make per year in his new contract.
Randy Levine's pimp hand may be strong but his brain is out to lunch because if he thinks a few million dollars a year is enough to significantly improved a small market Major League Baseball team he's a moron. I agree that the Yankees are playing by the rules and it isn't necessarily their fault that we have such competitive imbalance in baseball (the owners, commissioner's office and players union are more culpable than just one team) but he needs to understand that what Mark Attanasio said was correct and just accept it. He doesn't mind the outcome of his team's vast wealth but doesn't want anyone to talk about it either. You can't have it both ways, Randy. And he obviously cares what people think, otherwise he wouldn't be making public rebuttals to these sort of comments, so he should realize people resent the Yankees as much for their obnoxious, oblivious disregard for their competitive advantage as much as they do for the advantage itself. If he wants people to stop talking about how much money the Yankees have, maybe he should keep his mouth shut also.