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News of the Day – 11/27/08
Posted By Diane Firstman On November 27, 2008 @ 9:54 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
Boras would not say which teams had extended offers, or even how many. He characterized the offers as bids Teixeira had the right to accept, as opposed to informal discussions about contract parameters without firm offers attached. He declined to set a timetable for Teixeira’s decision.
One Yankees official didn’t seem too concerned with the news of the Angels’ supposed interest in Sabathia, which the Bombers believe is designed primarily to speed things up with Teixeira and his agent, Scott Boras.
“It sounds like they’re trying to get a message to Teixeira,” the official said. “That’s the guy they really want.”
Boras has been seeking a 10-year deal for Teixeira, but the Angels reportedly are reluctant to go higher than seven years.
… lest anyone forget, Pettitte has a history of changing teams as a free agent when he does not feel completely wanted.
Go back to 2003, when the Yankees dragged out their negotiations with Pettitte, only to lose him to the Astros despite making a significantly higher last-minute offer.
Or, go back to 2006, when the Astros would not budge off their one-year proposal to Pettitte, only to see the Yankees grab him by offering a higher salary and the option to return for a second year.
Pettitte lacks the leverage he had in either of those negotiations. Not only is he older, but he also posted a 5.35 ERA after the All-Star Game last season.
His first choice is to stay with the Yankees. The Yankees say they want him back. But at the moment, the Yankees are focused on the top free-agent starting pitchers — CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe.
For Pettitte, the Dodgers would represent a viable alternative.
And finally, a special treat for you all … follow this link  to a Google Images collection of Life Magazine photos pertaining to the Bronx Bombers.
I’m taking tomorrow off. Be happy and healthy this holiday … and catch up with you on Saturday.
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