• Hank: We Want The World And We Want It Now

    Posted by on November 15th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Via the AP

    Joe Girardi said this week he’d enjoy showing free agents around the new Yankee Stadium. CC Sabathia is one of the players the New York manager has in mind for a tour of the spacious clubhouse, players lounge, indoor batting cage and underground hot tub.

    Free-agent season opened Friday with the Yankees planning to give Sabathia a record offer for a pitcher.

    Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner confirmed Friday night at the team’s spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., that an offer was made to Sabathia, and that proposals will be forthcoming for pitchers A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe.

    “Yes,” Steinbrenner said when asked if an offer was made to Sabathia. “And we’re prepared to make offers to Burnett and Lowe.”

    The Yankees formulated a proposal to the big lefty that would exceed 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.

    Steinbrenner declined to give details about the Sabathia offer.

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Greg Genske, one of Sabathia’s agents, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

    Steinbrenner said he felt the Yankees will be successful in the free-agent market.

    “I’m starting to become very optimistic,” Steinbrenner said. “I think it’s going to be mutually beneficial to us and for these particular players that we’re after for them to join the Yankees.”

    Ah, when the music’s over…

    The image of Hank Stein wearing leather pants and proclaiming himself to be the Lizard King is somewhat disturbing , no?

    In any event, what happens if Sabathia, Burnett and Lowe all pass on those Yankee dollars?

    Let’s just hope that the Yankees braintrust’s answer to that is not: Ooh, I never thought of that.

    Comments on Hank: We Want The World And We Want It Now

    1. jane
      November 15th, 2008 | 1:01 pm

      Sabathia and Burnett won’t pass on the Yankee dollars. Lowe? He still loves his Red Sox.

    2. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      November 15th, 2008 | 3:37 pm

      He won’t get Yankee dollars from Theo. If he loves his Red Sox, he’ll take two years for maybe 16 million. And even then I’ll say, “I don’t need a rerun of the Derek Lowe Face” – Yankee fans should have the pleasure, after the twentieth “… just past a sprawling Jeter.”

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