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Monday, December 8, 2008
CC gets the scoop on N.Y.


CC Sabathia wanted to meet with the Yankees on Sunday because he's "trying to gather information" about the Yankees and New York, according to a baseball man with knowledge of the meeting.

Sabathia and his agent, Greg Genske, met for about 2½ hours Sunday with Yankees GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi. And the main focus of the conversation, the source said, was whether Sabathia wants to be a Yankee.

The Yankees' six-year, $140 million offer to Sabathia has been on the table now for nearly four weeks. And not only has Sabathia not said yes, he has been sending messages to the three interested West Coast teams -- the Dodgers, Giants and Angels -- that he would like to play in California. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti even revealed Monday that he ran into Sabathia in the hotel Sunday night and that Sabathia had told him he wants to be a Dodger.

But in his meeting with the Yankees, Sabathia did not indicate that his delay in signing has anything to do with a preference to play elsewhere, the source said. He's simply attempting to assemble as full a picture as possible before making a major decision. "He just wants to know what it's like to play in New York," the source said.

Sabathia is scheduled to leave the winter meetings Monday night after huddling face-to-face with the Brewers and Red Sox.