The motive or agenda may not yet be known, but according to a report in this morning’s NY Daily News, the source of leaked financial documents for the Angels, Mariners, Rays, Pirates, Marlins, and Rangers might be known soon.
According to the report, MLB’s Department of Investigations is zeroing in on an insurance carrier associated with clubs as the source of the leaked documents. A motive or agenda is not mentioned within the report.
On Sunday, The Associated Press first broke the story citing confidential financial documents of the Pittsburgh Pirates, followed the next day by Tommy Craggs of Deadspin releasing not only the Pirates, but the Angels, Mariners, Rays, and Marlins. Yesterday, Deadspin released documents from the Texas Rangers (see all the documents here). It is believed that these are all the documents in Deadspin’s possession.
The leak of the documents, with three of the clubs being low-revenue makers that have had a history of low player payroll, have created a swirling debate around MLB’s revenue-sharing system. For the years in the leaked documents all three are shown to make profits, with the Marlins showing a net income of over $29 million in 2008.
A breakdown of key figures for the Marlins, Pirates, and Rays are part of a comprehensive analysis today on FanGraphs (see Will Leaked MLB Financials Alter Revenue-Sharing?)
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