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.If the Angels do come in with an offer more than Santana's deal the Yankees will have two options; let CC go to the Angels or offer him $150 or even $160 million, and maybe even a seventh year. CC obviously would rather pitch on the west coast, so if the contracts are close he will sign out there. I don't really care how much money they offer him, but I would like to see them stay away from a seventh year.
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.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
From the LA Times: