The Merc’s Andrew Baggarly is reporting — well, he’s not really reporting as much as passing along the rumor — that CC Sabathia has turned down the Yankees’ offer and that the Giants are slowly entering the picture:
It’s been confirmed to me that the Giants had discussions with CC Sabathia’s camp last night, and they expect to have face-to-face meetings with the left-hander in San Francisco after the winter meetings.
It sure must’ve have been a productive discussion, because word is that Sabathia has declined the Yankees’ six-year, $140 million offer. (I must stress that’s unconfirmed, but talk is spreading fast. If true, look for the Yanks to get hyper-aggressive on A.J. Burnett.)
And of course, many are buzzing that the Brewers and their creativity — bigger per-year money for a shorter term and an opt-out clause — may be the front runners.
I hope this is true from a purely journalistic standpoint, because writing about CC in pinstripes would be kind of boring.
UPDATE: Alert reader Meta notifies us that Robo has already shot this one down:
5:21 p.m. — Sources: No truth to CC rumor
There is no truth to reports that CC Sabathia turned down the Yankees, according to two sources with knowledge of the discussions.
It would make little sense for Sabathia to eliminate his highest bidder. It would also make little sense for the Yankees to pull out of the discussions when Sabathia is their principal free-agent target.
The Yankees remain in the mix for Sabathia, along with the Angels, Giants, Red Sox and possibly the Dodgers.
Rosenthal is, bar none, the best in the business at this stuff. Unfortunately, that makes him one of the biggest buzzkillers in the business too.
(link via Matt Watson at FanHouse)