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MILWAUKEE -- New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has only had time to meet with one player agent so far at baseball's annual GM meetings.
But to many, the agent he met with is the only one that counts this off-season: Bob Garber, who represents C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt, the two most sought-after starting pitchers in this year's free-agent market.
"I've been sequestered all day so I've only had time to meet with one agent," Cashman said after the meetings adjourned at 3:30 p.m. after six and a half hours. "I've had a number of agents who have texted me, asking for times to meet. I've responded to all of them, but Garber was like, 'I can meet right now,' so I said 'All right, come on up.'"
Cashman and Garber met at around 4 p.m. in Cashman's room at the Pfister Hotel and discussed both pitchers -- Wilson, the 31-year-old left-hander who went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA for the Texas Rangers this season, and Oswalt, the 34-year-old righty whose option was not picked up by the Phillies after going 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in a season marred by persistent lower back problems.
"I haven't made any offers,'' Cashman said. "I'm in no rush to make an offer. I still feel like it's early. I've had some conversations but that's about it.''
Asked to characterize the conversation as either "preliminary or serious," Cashman said, "We spoke. In a non-descriptive fashion."
As reported by ESPNNewYork.com last week, a baseball insider with knowledge of the club's intentions said the Yankees have reservations about both pitchers. The Yankees are said not to consider Wilson worth his likely price tag, expected to be in the area of $100 million for five years.
And the club has serious concerns about Oswalt's back problems, which have caused him to make several trips to the disabled list over the past few seasons.
Cashman refused to address the team's reported concerns about either pitcher. "In fairness, it's not in my interest to say what I would be more interested or not interested in, but I did talk to him about those two players."
Cashman touched on a number of subjects in a 30-minute session with the media after the meeting's adjournment, and later confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees have spoken with Joe Urbon, the agent for outfielder Grady Sizemore, who is a free agent after eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians, the last two severely shortened by injuries. A knee injury that required microfracture surgery limited Sizemore, 29, to just 33 games in 2010 and 70 games in 2011, in which he batted .224 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs. Sizemore also missed time this season due to surgery for a sports hernia.
"We spoke to his agent and requested his medical records," Cashman said. "It's too early to say but maybe he'll fit with us as a bench player."Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com.