Prince Fielder is set to become a free agent after the 2011 season, and the Brewers are trying to lock him up. There's only one problem: Fielder's going to be expensive, and the Brewers don't have a ton of money. Said owner Mark Attanasio to the USA Today:â†µ
We're struggling to sign [Fielder] and the Yankees infield is making more than our team.â†µ
This isn't the first time Attanasio has made these sorts of remarks about the Yankees, as, in December 2008, he suggested that the only way for MLB to control New York's spending is by imposing a salary cap. This is, however, the first time the Yankees have responded, and president Randy Levine didn't mince words:â†µ
I'm sorry that my friend Mark continues to whine about his running the Brewers[...]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?â†µ
Given that the Brewers have spent $250m on their roster over the past three seasons while playing in a pretty small market, to imply that they're pocketing the revenue sharing money is not only inflammatory, but factually incorrect. Levine, true to organizational form, comes off as the bad guy. The Brewers are putting plenty of that revenue sharing money into the team. They're just putting too much of it into Jeff Suppan.