“Yes,” the New York Post reports Hank Steinbrenner said when asked if an offer was made to CC Sabathia. “And we’re prepared to make offers to (A.J.) Burnett and (Derek) Lowe.”

No word on how long or how much the deal is for, but the comment is still noteworthy. Particularly, because it indicates that Mike Mussina, who is a free agent and may retire, and long time New York Yankee Andy Pettitte, who is also a free agent, but says he wants to return to the Yankees, could not be in the Yankees’ plans.

This could be a big to do about nothing. Perhaps the Yankees, after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1993, are not taking any prisoners and only to intend to actually sign one or two pitchers and not all three.

If true, that is troubling news for Orioles fans. It could mean that OriolesPride’s earlier report was incorrect and that the acquisition of Nick Swisher does not mean the Yankees are out of the Mark Teixeira race. A Teixeira signing by the Yankees looks most likely if Sabathia signs elsewhere and the team has leftover cash.

Also worthy of note, although not necessarily troubling, The Washington Post is reporting that the Washington Nationals have an interest in Teixeira. Their tale is not unlike that of the Baltimore Orioles. Both teams have been challenged in the “W” department and both will take a local angle when selling Teixeira on their respective clubs.

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