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Angels Turn Their Attention To CC Sabathia

Posted by Mike on November 25, 2008

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This is probably just posturing on the part of the Angels to get Mark Teixeira to lower his demands, but the Angels have now got into the bidding for pitcher CC Sabathia. Which just means the Yankees will over CC $160 Million. As for Teixeira, look for the Angels to make him a six or seven year offer right after Thanksgiving. From the LA Times:

The Angels, unwilling to meet Mark Teixeira’s desire for a 10-year contract, are in discussions with CC Sabathia and could offer him a contract that approaches the $140-million bid extended to him by the New York Yankees.

The Angels appear reluctant to guarantee more than seven years in a contract for Teixeira, said a source familiar with the club’s thinking. They appear more likely at this time to pursue Sabathia, with an offer in the range of Johan Santana’s six-year, $137.5-million contract with the New York Mets.

Teixeira remains the Angels’ top priority — the club would sign him but does not want to miss out on Sabathia while waiting to see whether Teixeira’s asking price falls. The Angels are not believed to have made a formal offer to either player.

General Manager Tony Reagins said the club has not ruled out retaining Teixeira.

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