That was the message sent by Yankees President Randy Levine to Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com.
“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?”
I’ll take Randy Levine’s question one step further. Why is Attanasio complaining about the Yankees when he doesn’t even have to face them until the World Series? Shouldn’t he be more concerned about the Cardinals and their $93 million payroll first? Does he think he needs to spend more than $83 million in order to be competitive in the NL Central, and if so, why doesn’t he spend some of that $12 million in operating profit that the team made last year (and that’s before you factor in the fancy accounting tricks for which baseball owners have become famous)?