Sunday, December 7, 2008
Updated: December 8, 5:20 PM ET
Report: Brewers talk to Sabathia after Yanks
ESPN.com news services
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia for two hours Sunday night, an informational meeting that was characterized as having gone "great," a baseball source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
Sabathia's team then moved on to talks with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
A decision was not expected by Sabathia this week on the Yankees' offer, sources told Olney. Sabathia's representatives asked most of the questions, the sources said.
Sabathia's agent, Greg Genske, actually asked to meet with the Yankees, a source told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.
The Brewers don't want to be counted out, though. General manager Doug Melvin met with Sabathia's representatives for a half-hour on Monday afternoon.
Melvin said that the team was still in the running for the left-hander.
"Until we're told we're no longer involved, I take it that we have a chance," Melvin said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Teams can pull out, too. I don't know what else is out there. If they told us we weren't still in it, we'd move on."
Sources told the Chicago Tribune that the Brewers had added a sixth year to its initial proposal and that Melvin was considering adding an opt-out clause after three years.
SI.com took that one step further, saying the Brewers were considering an opt-out clause after only two years. That would make Sabathia a free agent again at age 30.
Melvin wouldn't comment on specifics of the deal.
Stark also reported on Sunday that Genske set up a Monday meeting between his client and the Boston Red Sox.
Multiple media outlets had reported that Cashman met Thursday with agent Scott Boras.
The Yankees head into this week's winter meetings needing
starting pitching. They made a six-year offer to Sabathia on Nov.
14, the first day free agents could start negotiating money. The
proposal exceeds Johan Santana's $137.5 million, six-year contract
with the New York Mets both in total and average, but there has
been no public response from Sabathia or his agents.
New York has been trying to gauge its odds of landing the top
available free-agent starting pitcher.
Boras represents pitchers Derek Lowe and Oliver Perez, who also
are free agents. In addition, his available clients this offseason
include first baseman Mark Teixeira and outfielder Manny Ramirez.
In addition to Sabathia, the Yankees may be interested in Lowe and
A.J. Burnett, another free-agent pitcher.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.