The NY Yankees entered the winter meetings thinking CC Sabathia could've ended up in Dodger Blue. Instead, Brian Cashman left the meetings and headed to San Fran to talk to the 2007 AL Cy Young winner about a deal.
A few hours later, Cashman left knowing he had gotten Sabathia to accept the seven-year, $161 million contract making him the richest pitcher in MLB history.
To end the meetings, the Yankees also pursued another possible ace in the Blue Jays' A.J. Burnett. The Yankees, who did not want to offer five years to the 18-game winner, decided to and gave him a five-year, $80 million offer, putting them in the running with Boston and the Braves.
Only time can tell who will get Burnett, but if history repeats itself—in years past and just this week—the Yankees will throw tons of green at the men they want.
Also leaving the meetings, a deal was put on hold for financial reasons with the Brewers and the Bombers that would trade 36-year-old Mike Cameron for 24-year-old Melky Cabrera. The Yankees have interest in the Gold Glove center fielder, and the Brew Crew have interest in the young lefty Cabrera
The Winter Meetings were huge for both NY teams. For the rest of the offseason the Hot Stove will be burning in NY and around the country, especially in Washington, where the Nats offered very sought out for free agent 1B Mark Teixeira an eight-year, $160 million deal (where the heck did they get $160 million? lol jk jk).
I will leave this with more to come. Burn on, Hot Stove, burn on!