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News of the Day – 12/5/08
Posted By Diane Firstman On December 5, 2008 @ 8:55 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
We made it to another Friday, so powered by The Two Ronnies , here’s the news …
Sabathia is a different case entirely, and the reason he is stalling, to those who know him, is just as the (anonymous) general manager suspected: his first choice is not New York. Sabathia is from Vallejo, Calif., near the San Francisco Bay Area, and it is well known that his preference is to play for a team on the West Coast. But the money is elsewhere.
“It’s not that he doesn’t want to be a Yankee; that’s not it at all,” said a friend of Sabathia’s, who was granted anonymity because Sabathia had not authorized him to speak on his behalf. “It’s just the aspect of being out there, his family, that kind of stuff.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will visit with Boras today, when he could make a formal offer for Lowe. Red Sox officials similarly could present an offer to Boras later this week, though it is highly questionable as to whether the Sox have any intention of getting into a bidding war for any high-priced pitcher.
For the Yankees, Baldelli would provide some DH support for Hideki Matsui and perhaps a righty bat to play in left field on occasion to rest Johnny Damon.
“I talked to Andy,” Torre said. “His agent had called the Dodgers to find out about interest, and that’s when I called him. I had talked to Andy much earlier, asking him to come to my (Safe at Home) Foundation dinner. He was always married to the Yankees, the excitement playing for the Yankees.
“I called him only because his agent called (Dodgers’ GM) Ned (Colletti). I certainly would’ve kicked myself (if I hadn’t called). He never said no to anything, but just from talking to him, I know the Yankees are his first choice. I wasn’t about to talk him out it, knowing Andy like I do.”
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 The Two Ronnies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz2-ukrd2VQ
 Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/sports/baseball/05sabathia.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1228454712-lAztKmm1GQS+RiAal+eOfw
 Atlanta Journal-Constitution: http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/braves/stories/2008/12/04/braves_burnett.html
 Boston Globe’s: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2008/12/04/teams_starting_to_make_pitches/?rss_id=Boston.com+--+Red+Sox+news
 MLB.com: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081203&content_id=3700764&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy
 Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-sppettitte1205,0,5277770.story
 Yahoo!Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ge-rodriguezdominican120408
 Gary Roenicke: http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/roeniga01.shtml
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