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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-11-25

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-11-25
The line is about to get longer in the bidding for free agent left-hander CC Sabathia.

An agent familiar with the situation said Nov. 19 that he expected the San Francisco Giants to make an offer to Sabathia's agents in an effort to coax him into playing for what in essence is his hometown team.

Another agent said he expected the Los Angeles Angels also to enter the fray at some point. Because Sabathia's representatives are keeping all offers private, it wasn't known if either the Giants or Angels had submitted formal bids or merely were testing the waters.

Either way, the Brewers' already slim chances of keeping Sabathia would diminish further with California teams in play. Sabathia, who hails from Vallejo, Calif., just up the road from San Francisco, has told friends and acquaintances he likes the idea of playing in his home state.

Asked if he'd be surprised if the Giants and/or Angels pursue Sabathia, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said, "Not really. I think that's only natural."

Before the interest from out west, Sabathia's only known suitors were the Brewers and New York Yankees. The Brewers opened the bidding with a five-year, $100 million offer, and the Yankees tried to blow away the competition by coming in at six years and $140 million.

Melvin decided against contacting Sabathia's agents to ask for a counteroffer, realizing they were waiting until all the offers are in.

"I'm not to that point yet," said Melvin. "We're still waiting at this point. The free agent market is always slow to develop.

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