Thursday Nov. 20, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) -- CC Sabathia will have a deadline to accept the New York Yankees' contract proposal according to the team's new controlling owner Hal Steinbrenner.
New York offered a six-year contract to the pitcher last Friday, the first day teams were allowed to start talking money with free agents. The proposal exceeds Johan Santana's $137.5 million, six-year contract with the New York Mets both in total and average, a baseball official familiar with the negotiations said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details.
Greg Genske, Sabathia's agent, did not return a telephone message seeking comment. The Yankees also are interested in pitchers A.J. Burnett and
Derek Lowe. While the team has discussed parameters of contracts
for the pair, it has not made formal offers.
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