- Mark Feinsand says that the Yankees think the Angles are bluffing when they say they're shifting their attention from Teixeira to Sabathia.
One Yankees official didn't seem too concerned with the news of the Angels' supposed interest in Sabathia, which the Bombers believe is designed primarily to speed things up with Teixeira and his agent, Scott Boras.
"It sounds like they're trying to get a message to Teixeira," the official said. "That's the guy they really want."
However, if the Yankees do not sign Sabathia the article goes on to say that the Yankees would become more aggressive in trying to sign A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe.
- Ken Davidoff reports that the Yankees are reluctant to raise their record-setting $140 MM offer to Sabathia even if that means he signs somewhere else.
- The L.A. Times is reporting that Scott Boras has said that he's "received a number of offers" for Mark Teixeira. But he would not mention which teams or how much the contracts were worth. The Angels are not one of those teams though.
- On the Andy Pettitte front, Davidoff mentions that a L.A. Dodgers official said it was unlikely that they would sign Pettitte.
- It's not a rumor but I felt like throwing it in here instead of creating another post for it - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was not upset at all to see Nick Swisher traded to the Yankees.
The White Sox manager told the Chicago Tribune in a recent Q&A that the first baseman/outfielder wasn't always the best influence in the Chicago clubhouse.
"You've got to ask the players about that," Guillen said. "To be honest with you, I was not happy with the way he was reacting at the end of the season. He wasn't helping me either."