Here is the message the Yankees are sending the rest of baseball:
Don’t. Even. Try.
The Yankees have offered CC Sabathia a six-year deal worth $140 million. The record for a pitcher is six years and $137.5 million for Johan Santana. Don’t be surprised if CC ends up with $150 million, or an average of $25 million a year.
That the Yankees are opening with a record-setting offer indicates how serious they are about landing Sabathia. Do not expect an answer this weekend as agent Greg Genske needs to shop it around. But as the Dodgers dance with Manny and the Angels tango with Teixeira, what team could top that? There is a sense around baseball that it’s only a matter of time before the Yankees get this done.
Sabathia indicated several weeks ago that he does not plan to make this a drawn-out process. The Yankees, by their actions today, are in full agreement.
There are indications the Yankees will open negotiations with Derek Lowe and A.J. Burnett by early next week. When Brian Cashman says he wants multiple starters, he very well could mean Sabathia, Lowe or Burnett and Andy Pettitte.
That would close the door to Teixeira and Ramirez. But I’m not sure those doors were ever much open to start with.