It seemed like posturing when it happened, and this verifies that. However, if an offer is "not going to be there forever" doesn't that mean that there is in fact some sort of deadline?
The Yankees have not yet set a deadline for their $140-million, six-year offer to free-agent starting pitcher CC Sabathia, and according to someone familiar with their thinking, they have no intention to pull the offer anytime soon.New Yankees boss Hal Steinbrenner was responding to a reporter's question when he said, "We made an offer. It's not going to be there forever.'' And all he meant was exactly that. Not forever.It appears now that the Yankees aren't about to set a deadline -- at least not yet. The Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Red Sox and incumbent Brewers all have interest in Sabathia. But to this point, no one has emerged to play in the Yankees' dollar stratosphere, and they remain the favorite to win the Sabathia Derby.
Anyway, I can't see any reason why the Yankees would pull this offer off the table. They want CC and they're not going to get him by withdrawing this offer.
In related news, ESPN radio is reporting that A.J. Burnett will not sign a contract until Sabathia is signed.