War of Words: Larry Lucchino vs Randy Levine

In case you missed it Larry Lucchino doesn’t like when people lump the Red Sox and Yankees together:

“We’re very different animals. I’m proud of that difference,” said Lucchino. “I always cringe when people lump us together. Other baseball teams sometimes do that. They are still, this year at least, relying heavily on their inimitable old-fashioned Yankees style of high-priced, long-term free agents. And, uh, I can’t say that I wish them well, but I think that we’ve taken a different approach. … If you compare what we did last year in the offseason to what they did this year, there’s quite a contrast there.”

Of course, Randy Levine couldn’t leave well enough alone and he said this – courtesy of Mark Feinsand:

“I feel bad for Larry; he constantly sees ghosts and is spooked by the Yankees. But I can understand why, because under his and Bobby Valentine’s plan two years ago, the Red Sox were in last place.… Click here to read the rest

Alex Rodriguez, Randy Levine and the email trail from hell

In case you wanted a belated holiday gift, here it is: A story from the New York Magazine that exposes emails between Yankees’ President Randy Levine and Alex Rodriguez.

The thing that amazed me the most was the fact that Randy Levine sends emails like a teenage girl. Would it kill him to actually spell out the word you? Good gracious.

Here are a few highlights:

May 17, 2011
Rodriguez hits two home runs, leading the team to a win over Tampa Bay.

Levine: Way to go, welcome back … enjoy start of a roll.
Rodriguez: Yessir!! Our team needs me to hit and lead us.
Levine: U are the man. I told u that for years. U can and will do it.

Apparently typing out the word you is too taxing for Mr. Levine.

March 25, 2012
Rodriguez is hit by a pitch in a preseason game.

Levine: Ouch. Feel better.
Rodriguez: Can’t hurt me.
Levine: It hurt me watching.… Click here to read the rest

Trost and Levine Take to the Air, Toe the Party Line

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Two of the most influential members of the Yankees’ front office took to the airwaves this morning to promote the upcoming Pinstripe Bowl, and not surprisingly, each interview touched on the team’s offseason plans. President Randy Levine, who was a guest on FOX 5’s Good Day New York, and COO Lonn Trost, who appeared on WFAN’s Boomer and Carton morning radio show (hosted by Kim Jones and Chris Carlin), each fielded several questions about what the Yankees are doing, or not doing, and their responses suggested the organization has a coherent party line.

Randy Levine (l) and Lonn Trost (r) flank Derek Jeter during a ceremony honoring his 3,000th hit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Responding to the question about whether the team’s spending philosophy has changed, Trost dismissed the idea that the Yankees were being more cautious, but stated that the team was trying to be smarter. According to Trost, the Yankees do not believe the dollars being spent in the current market are commensurate with the abilities of the players available, putting the organization in a position to depend on its minor league system.… Click here to read the rest

If Levine is in control, this WILL be ugly

UPDATE: Seems that an initial three year offer is forthcoming, and that offer has some built-in headroom:

The expectation is the Yankees will offer something in the three-year, $45 million range, which will create some negotiating room to climb toward $57 million to $60 million on a three-year deal or perhaps go to a fourth-year option or a straight fourth year as a way to reach a settlement. Of course, that is assuming Jeter finds that range acceptable.

The will is there to get it done,” Yankees president Randy Levine said. “And I believe there is a way.”

I’m good with this. This is precisely the range I have been discussing (along with many others).  If Jeter holds out for $21+ million and a minimum of four years, I’ll be disappointed.  I want Jeter back to finish his career but the mistake of the ARod contract can’t be duplicated just because he’s “Derek Jeter, Face Of The Franchise”. … Click here to read the rest