CC Sabathia may be headed to New York after all. Acording to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, he has a source claiming that Brian Cashman could begin finalizing a contract with CC Sabathia. Cashman flew to Callifornia on Tuesday to meet with free agent starter CC Sabathia. Brian Cashman flew to Callifornia on Tuesday to meet with free agent starter CC Sabathia.
Cashman had canceled his scheduled daily meeting with reporters today, saying he was "off hotel property and unavailable for the rest of the evening." At a little after 11 p.m. Dan Graziano of NJ.com reported that a Yankees official had told him Cashman was in San Fransisco to meet with Sabathia.
According the Graziano, Sabathia asked Cashman to fly out to San Fransisco and meet with him today and like any sane GM Cashman accepted. This is the third time in as many days that Cashman and Sabathia have met. They had meetings on both Sunday and Monday, during which Joe Girardi and Reggie Jackson were involved.
The Yankees official was very optimistic regarding the Yankees chances at landing Sabathia:
"From (Tuesday) morning until (Tuesday) night, things are looking a lot more positive in terms of us signing this guy. If you'd asked me at 11:00 (Tuesday) morning, I'd have told you no way. But right now, we have a real shot."
The Yankees also reportedly talked with Sabathia's teammate, Ben Sheets. Joe Girardi was especially interested in Sheets and it appears the Yankees will offer Sheets a contract, worth about $26 million for two-year, within 48 hours. Also talking to the Yankees are Derek Lowe, and AJ Burnett as well as Andy Pettite.