A day after the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off a megadeal with the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees slapped them with a $400 million lawsuit, claiming the club stole its patented strategy for success.

“We invented this whole purchase-a-championship thing,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “In fact, we patented it. By acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto, along with their accompanying salaries, the Dodgers are in clear violation.”

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti vowed to fight the suit in court.

“If anything, we learned this trick from the 1997 Florida Marlins who, I would add, did not protect their strategy in any legally-binding way,” he said. “They also seemed to abandon it the next year.”

Heckler George