Sabathia: “It was hard to watch the Red Sox win”

If you’re bouncing around Central Park today and believe you’ve run into CC Sabathia, the chances are pretty good that you did. Sabathia and his PitCCh In Foundation are holding their “CC Challenge” today, a scavenger-hunt event in the style of TV’s ‘The Amazing Race.’

Sabathia was at a kickoff event on Friday night at the Lucky Strike bowling alley on Manhattan’s West Side and chatted a little bit with reporters, saying that he has talked with Robinson Cano – who stopped by after media availability had concluded, photos reveal – and believes the Yankees’ top priority needs to be keeping Cano in pinstripes.

He acknowledged that the Yankees have a bunch of other holes to fill, but pointed to the calendar, saying that there’s time. And if general manager Brian Cashman needs Sabathia to make a few telephone pitches along the way, Sabathia said that he’s game for that as well.

“I’m down for recruiting. I want to win,” Sabathia said. “It was hard to watch the Red Sox win the World Series this year. You want to be in that spot. Whatever you’ve got to do to get the guys to come play, that’s what you’ve got to do.”

Here’s a few more offseason updates for this Saturday morning:

  • The Yankees are taking a look at just about everybody in advance of next week’s GM Meetings, according to Jon Heyman. Hal Steinbrenner is “very involved,” a source told Heyman. Scott Boras tells Heyman that the Yankees have been “very aggressive” showing interest in his clients, who include Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo and Stephen Drew.

    Other names on the Yankees’ kitchen sink list reportedly include pitchers Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Bronson Arroyo, Scott Feldman and Dan Haren, trying to flesh out a rotation that right now has only Sabathia and Ivan Nova as its locks (the Yanks also showed interest in trading for Haren back in September). The report states that Ervin Santana is not on the Yankees’ list, as the club apparently has concerns about how he would fit in New York.

  • The Yankees remain interested in Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, but Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball are still working out tweaks to the posting process. They’ve also kicked around the idea of reuniting with third baseman Eric Chavez, Dan Martin writes.

  • Carlos Beltran wants a three or four year deal, Tim Brown writes. There have been hints of interest, but the Yankees passed on Beltran once before. Given that length of commitment, it’s not impossible to see them doing it again.

  • Curtis Granderson is more likely to be a Met than a Yankee in 2014, Andy Martino writes. Granderson still has until Monday to accept or decline the Yankees’ qualifying offer, worth $14.1 million on a one-year contract.

    Martino passes along a good point via FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal: for all the talk about Granderson’s power being a Yankee Stadium creation, he hit 47 homers at home and 37 on the road during his recent healthy seasons.

  • 6 Comments

    Please hope they skip Haren geez.

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    I was just kidding, I wouldn’t pass on Haren he still has something left in the tank unlike Girardi and Mattingly.

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    Tanaka, McCann (not at 100M), Chavez….I would pass on all starting pitching in this blog post.

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    I’m still upset that this team went after a lousy manager like Girardi. I didn’t think they would go after Mattingly, I said that he was the #1 option for this team in a previous post, but then again, you can see how ridiculously delirious I can be, Mattingly is a terrible manager.

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    Just as long as they don’t sign that no-talent Tanaka

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    The hardest thing for fans to watch this past season was the Yankees play on a daily basis.Watching the Red Sox was a pleasure in the hopes that Yankee management might learn something form their success. That is very unlikely so long as the Steinbrenner”Kids” and Cashman continue to run the show. Pathetic.

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