Via the Daily News -
The Texas Rangers are “on welfare” and their CEO is “delusional,” according to Yankees president Randy Levine.
That’s the message the Yankee brass wants Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg to hear after Greenberg boasted of derailing the New York’s efforts to sign Cliff Lee this winter.
“If he really wants to impress us then he can get the Rangers off of welfare and show how they can be revenue-sharing payors, rather than recipients for three years in row, without financing from Major League Baseball,” Levine said Friday. “That would really be something.”
Levine was reacting to comments Greenberg made this week in Texas, claiming that the Rangers’ repeated trips to Arkansas to woo the hottest pitcher in baseball torpedoed overtures from the Yankees.
“I think if we wouldn’t have gone to Arkansas that last time, I think he was going to sign with the Yankees,” Greenberg said at the Rangers’ Fan Fest in at the Arlington Convention Center on Sunday. “We pried the door open a little bit to give ourselves another opportunity. And ultimately the Phillies were able to take advantage of that opportunity that we created. While we would have preferred that he would have chosen to go with us, we’re real pleased that he’s going to the other league.”
Levine believes Greenberg is green indeed – a young executive who speaks before he thinks.
“I think Chuck is delusional,” Levine says. “He’s been in the game a few minutes but it seems to be that he thinks he knows what everybody else is thinking. He should really let Cliff Lee speak for himself.”