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Astros GM Jeff Luhnow Says Texas Rangers Spend Like 'Drunken Sailors'

He’s already apologized for his words, but it doesn’t undo the interesting and rather funny off-handed comment that Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow made about the international spending and budget of the Texas Rangers. Specifically Luhnow said that the team’s recent blitz of signing Yu Darvish among others was spending money like “drunken sailors.”

Now he’s quickly backed off of that statement. According to the Houston Chronicle:

Luhnow has apologized for that comment, according to the Houston Chronicle. In a text message to the newspaper, Luhnow said it was a bad choice of words and that his point "was more about the magnitude of their investment prior to future limitations. Not saying it’s a bad strategy but one that many teams can’t afford."

He’s right that few teams can afford that level of investment although few teams need that level of talent influx like the Astros do. Luhnow is likely speaking from a place of jealousy knowing how long the rebuild is going to take in Houston. Until then, he’s going to have to learn to play nice given that the Astros will join the Rangers in the AL West next season.

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