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Friday December 13th, 2013

(Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images) Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout led the AL in walks and runs scored last season. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

A Major League Baseball spokesman said that they are investigating whether New York Yankees president Randy Levine was guilty of tampering with a comment about Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

The Yankees could be fined if Levine's comments are considered tampering.

"We just don't believe our policy is for players over 30 years old, we don't believe in 10-year contracts," Levine said, via the Orange County Register. "They just have not worked out for us, they have not worked out - I believe - for the industry. When we signed Derek Jeter to a 10-year contract, I believe he was 26. In that context, it makes sense. If Mike Trout was here, I'd recommend the 10-year contract. But for people over 30, I don't believe it makes sense."

LEMIRE: Cruz, Drew, Garza among best free agents available by position Trout, 22, is under Angels contract for four more years and is eligible for arbitration starting in 2015. Trout has finished second in the American League MVP voting two seasons in a row. Last season, Trout hit .323 with 26 home runs, 96 RBIs and also stole 33 bases.

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