Late Thursday night, Major League Baseball reported that it is looking into both the New York Yankees (and Mets) after SNY – The Mets’ television station – reported that the Mets wouldn’t fight the Yankees in a bidding war for Aaron Judge.
The story said that Steve Cohen and Hal Steinbrenner are in a mutually respectful relationship. It also stated that the Mets would only enter Judge sweepstakes if they were completely out of the picture.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement of MLB states that Players shall not act together with other Players, and Clubs shall never act in concert avec other Clubs.
Commissioner Rob Manfred, however, does not believe that the owners or organizations were guilty of any wrongdoings.
Manfred, via The New York Post, stated Thursday that he was a labor lawyer first. “I am certain that the clubs behaved following the agreement. This report was taken from the internet.
Manfred and MLB have to do their research to ensure there is no collusion between the New York owners.
Manfred stated that “we will put ourselves in a position to show credibly to MLBPA that this issue is not an issue.” “I am certain that this will be the result. We understand the emotions that surround that word [collusion] so we’ll act accordingly.
SNY observed that the Mets see Judge as a Yankee, and they won’t break the bank in free agency unless some other deal comes along.
MLB will likely request telephone, text, and email records from Steinbrenner & Cohen.
After spending seven seasons with the Yanks, Judge has been released and is now a free agent. He broke Roger Maris’ American League record for 61 home runs (he hit 62) while leading MLB in RBI (131), slugging percentage (66.66), and on-base percentage (42.55). His batting average of.311 was second in the AL and he was even on pace for winning the Triple Crown.
The 30-year-old is a finalist and the heavy favorite to win Thursday’s American League Most Valuable Player Award over Yordan Alvarez and Shohei Ohtani.