Yankees’ Levine: Rangers On Welfare
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By Jon Heyman
The Yankees are again upset about comments made by Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg. This time, the Yankees believe Greenberg implied in remarks made to fans in Texas Thursday that he got one over on the storied franchise when he made his second trip to visit superstar pitcher Cliff Lee in Arkansas.
“Chuck’s delusional. He’s been in the game for a few minutes and yet he thinks he knows what everyone’s thinking,” Yankees president Randy Levine said. “I think he should let Cliff Lee speak for himself. (Greenberg) would really impress us when he keeps the Rangers off of welfare.”
Levine is referring to the fact the Rangers received revenue sharing money from the bigger clubs the last three years.
Greenberg, speaking to fans at a fanfest in Texas, suggested in his remarks to fans that he believed Lee was likely headed to the Yankees before his second trip to Arkansas to visit Lee but that his visit put the Rangers ahead of the Yankees.
Neither team signed Lee, as he went to the Phillies for $120 million over five years. The Yankees offered $148 million over seven and the Rangers $120 million over six (or with deferred monies, $138 million over six).
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