Via Jon Heyman -
People inside the Yankees organization are skeptical about whether the Angels are as serious as it seems about signing star free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia. Some Yankees officials seem to believe: 1) that the Angels leaked their alleged intention to make an offer to Sabathia approaching that of the Yankees’ $140-million, six-year offer to drive down the demands of first baseman and stated top target Mark Teixeira, or 2) that if the Angels do go for Sabathia, it will be with an offer in the range of $100 million-$120 million, not $140 million.
I, however, tend to believe the Angels are serious about Sabathia.
A competing executive from another American League team told me he believes the Angels are “dead serious.” He predicts the Angels will match Johan Santana’s $137.5-million, six-year deal with the Mets, causing the Yankees to up their offer to $160 million over seven years. At that point, the Angels would have to decide whether to increase their own bid.
…people inside the Yankees organization…
I wonder if these are the same “people inside the Yankees organization” who thought they had all the time in the world to re-sign Andy Pettitte after the 2003 season; and, who thought that Jon Lieber would sign for two years at $12 million following the 2004 season; and, who thought they could win the posting for Daisuke Matsuzaka with a bid of $33 million following the 2006 season?