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Levine's comments say to Trout "if you refuse to sign with the Angels, we are going to throw a mountain of money at you" which is again, tampering. Though neither is explicit tampering, which is why Johnson just got a warning and Levine is just going to get a monetary fine, rather than losing a draft pick
In October, nobody except the Yankees was allowed to negotiate with Cano. Saying "he's going to get paid" is dangerously close to saying "if you don't sign with the Yankees right now, we are going to give you a large amount of money." which is tampering.
He said "not by us."
And that is just as bad, it signals that his team isn't going to pursue Cano and tells other teams, that one of the two biggest spenders out there isn't in the market for this particular free agent.
Teams do this stuff all the time. It is absolutely ludicrous to define a team publicly declining to pursue a free agent as "tampering."
Are you referring to the initial article? Cano was a free agent at the time of Johnson's remarks.
Cano's contract with the Yankees had expired, although he hadn't technically filed for free agency. So it's a matter of semantics.
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