Peter Gammons said something very odd over the weekend:
We know the Yankees can, will and may keep moving up to make it impossible for Sabathia to go anywhere else. We also know that Angels owner Arte Moreno can make it very difficult for anyone to say no; ask Torii Hunter after Moreno put the rush on him at the Del Taco across the street from the ballpark.
Maybe hardcore Angels fans knew this one already, but I’m a bit shocked that taking someone to Del Taco constitutes “putting the rush” on a guy. I can just see the negotiation now: “What’s it gonna take, Torii? A Macho Taco? A Triple Del? You name it, because I’m not leaving this restaurant without your name on the contract!”
This raises an additional question: Did Hunter drive a hard bargain to get there, or was Moreno just starting with Del Taco while standing ready to move up to Carl’s Jr. or In-N-Out Burger if negotiations broke down?
Joking aside, if Moreno is going to rely on fast food purchases to lure Sabathia, he may very well be topping the Yankees’ $140MM offer after all.