CC Sabathia will be attending the Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas. Brian Cashman plans to be there and isn’t interested in the fight.
He’s interested in one of the fight fans.
A couple of days ago, Cashman met in Maryland with Scott Boras to Mark Teixeira, Manny Ramirez, Derek Lowe and Oliver Perez – all of whom interest the Yankees to varying degrees. Teixeira met with Cashman, too, which was first reported by The New York Times. Now Cashman is in Vegas and will probably meet with Sabathia either today or tomorrow.
I’ll quote in length from Anthony McCarron’s article in the Daily News:
The Red Sox are also planning to meet with Sabathia, according to a report on ESPN.com. Boston could simply be trying to drive up Sabathia’s price for the Yankees or exploring contingency plans. In any event, the Yankees believe they will ultimately offer Sabathia the most money, by far.
The Yankees are eager to hear Sabathia’s views of a potential business relationship. Some in baseball believe Sabathia wants only to pitch in his native California, but it’s unclear if the California teams can afford him. The Brewers are the only other team to have made a public offer – five years for $100 million.
The Yankees also have continued to explore other potential rotation solutions. They have interest in Sabathia’s Milwaukee teammate Ben Sheets and have contacted his agent. They are also waiting to see what happens with A.J. Burnett, who reportedly has received a four-year offer from the Braves with a vesting fifth-year option. The Yanks have talked about deal parameters of four years at $15 million per year with Burnett’s agent, but don’t want to make a five-year offer.
What’s even more interesting is that Sports Illustrated reported that there are two other offers for Sabathia, one coming from the Giants. That is more unlikely because of Barry Zito’s 7/$126 million contract. There’s no way the Giants can afford a $40 million annual salary on two pitchers, one who isn’t effective in black and orange. The other offer is speculated to be from the Los Angeles Angels, but that is also viewed as unlikely as they continue to pursuit Mark Teixeira.