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Yankees GM Cashman meets with Boras

NEW YORK -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met
Thursday with agent Scott Boras and planned to get together this
weekend with free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia ahead of the winter
meetings.

Cashman's meeting with Boras and intention to meet with Sabathia
were disclosed by separate baseball officials who spoke on
condition of anonymity because the Yankees did not announce
Cashman's plans.

The Yankees head into next week's winter meetings needing
starting pitching. They made a six-year offer to Sabathia on Nov.
14, the first day free agents could start negotiating money. The
proposal exceeds Johan Santana's $137.5 million, six-year contract
with the New York Mets both in total and average, but there has
been no public response from Sabathia or his agents.

New York has been trying to gauge its odds of landing the top
available free-agent starting pitcher.

Boras represents pitchers Derek Lowe and Oliver Perez, who also
are free agents. In addition, his available clients this offseason
include first baseman Mark Teixeira and outfielder Manny Ramirez.
In addition to Sabathia, the Yankees may be interested in Lowe and
A.J. Burnett, another free-agent pitcher.

Cashman and Boras did not immediately return messages.

In other free-agent news, agent Barry Meister planned to meet
with teams at the winter meetings to discuss left-hander Randy
Johnson. Meister said 10 clubs had contacted him about the Big
Unit, who needs five wins to reach 300.