A.J. Burnett: 3-1. The Yankees are battling with the Atlanta Braves for him. The Yankees have reportedly agreed to offer him five guaranteed years and it could be for as much as $80 million. The Braves have four years on the table and could either go to five or try an easily attainable option.
Derek Lowe: 7-1. It seemed for a while earlier today that the Yankees were moving fast on Lowe. Not so much now. I’ve heard from several people that his supposed desire to return to Boston is overstated and that he simply wants to play for a contending team on the East Coast.
Ben Sheets: 20-1. He was the third choice from the start and the Yankees have what seem to be legitimate concerns about his health.
Andy Pettitte: No line. Pettitte wants to come back. The Yankees want him back. But will he agree to a pay cut? Reports about his interest in other teams are either flat-out false or totally overblown.
The Yankees can afford Sabathia and one other big-ticket item. Then they can squeeze Pettitte in for one year and $10 or $11 million.
That would give them Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Chamberlain, Pettitte. That would be an impressive rotation.
Unless you frequent the local crack dealer, you realize by now that Mark Teixeira is going elsewhere. And there appears to be little interest in Manny Ramirez, although Scott Boras will surely try and make it appear otherwise.