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Monday, December 8, 2008

Sabathia meets, Yanks prepare offers for Burnett and Sheets

CC Sabathia met with the Brian Cashman last night at the behest of his agent.

According to Bill Madden, here's why:

The reason Genske wanted the meeting, said one source, is that the agent is trying to buy more time for another team more to Sabathia's liking to approach the Yankee bid.

With each passing day, the likelihood of that lessens considerably. "(Genske) has to be concerned about them pulling the offer and moving on to the other (free agent) pitchers," the source said. "If he blows this deal, he's dead as an agent. For one thing, who's going to approach that $140 million if the Yankees are out of it? Sabathia winds up with a deal $20 million less than Barry Zito? Like I said, (Genske's) dead."
Those tricky agents. Sabathia and Genske probably realize by now that no team will approach the Yankees' offer, but if a team comes in the ballpark, he could balk at the Yankees' offer, at least in my opinion.

Later in the article, Madden says the Yankees were prepared to offer multi-year deals to both A.J. Burnett and Ben Sheets. As impressive as their pitching resumes have been at times, their injury history is just as extensive.

Madden concludes the article with:
"There's nothing more ominous for all the clubs here operating in this economy than the Yankees being desperate for pitching," said one agent Sunday night. "They don't seem to care what it costs them to get it."
From the sounds of that, it looks like the Yankees will get someone. But will it be the right someone?


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