Sabathia, meanwhile, continues to explore options to land with a West Coast team, telling Dodgers GM Ned Colletti point-blank that he wants to pitch for the Dodgers, and, according to Andrew Baggerly of the San Jose Mercury News, Sabathia's agent spoke with the Giants last night and expect to meet face-to-face next week. But that's not Baggerly's biggest scoop -- this is:
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.)Of course, take this with a huge grain of salt -- as far as I can tell, the rumor has yet to be substantiated by anyone else, and on the heels of Cashman preaching patience, it seems odd that Sabathia would decline any formal offer unless he's absolutely convinced he has another one to his liking, whether it's from a team in California or the dark horse Brewers. But still, if you subscribe to the "where there's smoke, there's fire" line of thought, have fun chewing on this.
Update: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says there's no truth to this rumor, citing "two sources with knowledge of the discussions." No surprise there. Ken Davidoff of Newsday agrees: "Good lord. How could someone report that?" (via River Ave)